The 4-week moving average was 254,250, an increase of 7,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 246,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent for the week ending March 18, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate.
The continuing claims drawn by workers for more than a week (the advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment) during the week ending March 18 was 2,052,000, an increase of 65,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 3,000 from 1,990,000 to 1,987,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,030,750, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since June 24, 2000 when it was 2,028,250. The previous week's average was revised down by 750 from 2,032,750 to 2,032,000.