This marks 80 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970.
The 4-week moving average was 260,750, a decrease of 500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 261,250.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent for the week ending September 3, unchanged 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 September 3 was 2,143,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 2,000 from 2,144,000 to 2,142,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,146,750, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 2,153,750 to 2,154,750.