Last week marked the 145th straight week that claims remained below the 300,000 threshold, which is associated with a strong labor market. That is the longest such stretch since 1970.
The 4-week moving average was 234,750, a decrease of 6,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 241,500.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.3 percent for the week ending December 2, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment (continuing jobless claims) during the week ending December 2 was 1,886,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 5,000 from 1,908,000 to 1,913,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,918,500, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,250 from 1,912,750 to 1,914,000.