The 4-week moving average, seen as a better measure of labor market trends as it removes week-to-week volatility decreased by 2,250 to 258,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent for the week ending September 10, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate.
Continuing claims for the week ending September 10 were down by 36,000 to 2,113,000. The previous week's level was revised up 6,000 from 2,143,000 to 2,149,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,140,250, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,500 from 2,146,750 to 2,148,250.