Initial jobless claims jumped by 27,000 last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
New claims increased to 412,000 for the week ended Saturday, higher than economistsâ€™ forecasts of little change at 380,000 claims, Bloomberg reported.
The end-of-quarter gain was larger than usual, Labor said.
The four-week moving average of new claims, a less volatile measure, rose to 395,750, from 390,250.
Continuing claims for the previous week ended April 2 rose by about 40,000 from a week earlier, to 4.31 million.
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