The previous week's level was unrevised at 281,000. Jobless claims tend to be more volatile during the summer as some plants close, mainly automakers and there are school vacations. Since first week of March, claims have been below the 300,000 level which is typically consistent with an improving job market.
The 4-week moving average was 278,500, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 282,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent for the week ending July 11, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 11 was 2,207,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 1,000 from 2,215,000 to 2,216,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,253,750, a decrease of 10,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 2,264,000 to 2,264,250.