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In this file photo, job seekers use computers to search the Internet for jobs at the East Bay Career Center in Oakland, California.
First-time claims for unemployment were down 3,000 last week as 382,000 filed for unemployment benefits for the week ending September 15, according to the Employment and Training Administration.
In a trend that has remained relatively flat for most of the summer, the administration reports, however that "the 4-week moving average was 377,750, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average of 375,750."
The top three largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 8 were in Louisiana (+6,678), Puerto Rico (+1,679), and Mississippi (+1,067). Meanwhile, the top three largest decreases were in California (-8,163), New York (-3,449), and Michigan.