The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose last week, according to a government report released Thursday.
There were 472,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended June 26, up 13,000 from an upwardly revised 459,000 in the previous week, the Labor Department said.
The number of claims was higher than expected. A consensus estimate of economists surveyed by Briefing.com expected 458,000 claims.
The number of people filing continuing claims jumped to 4,616,000 in the week ended June 19, the most recent data available. That was up 43,000 from the preceding week's upwardly revised 4,573,000 claims.