Initial jobless claims fell by 1,000 to 428,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday.
Economists had called for a rate of 420,000, Bloomberg reported.
The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure, increased slightly to 426,750, from 426,250.
Continuing jobless claims for the previous week ended June 18 fell by 12,000 to 3.7 million, Labor said.
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