WASHINGTON — Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose 26,000 in the March 5 week to 397,000, above expectations but within the typical pattern for a post-holiday spring break week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

The four-week moving average rose 3,000 to 392,250, while the previous week’s claims were revised down to 371,000. The four-week average was back to its mid-February level.

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