Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 27,000 in the April 18 week to 640,000, in a what a Labor Department analyst referred to as “a pretty uneventful week.”

A Market News International survey had expected the initial claims level to rise to 636,000 this week from the originally reported 610,000 from the April 11 week. The expectations ranged from 615,000 to 650,000.

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