The Labor Department released its weekly unemployment statistics on Thursday. It showed that another 351,000 workers filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending on September 18th. That's 16,000 more than the previous week, and marks the second week in a row that the number has climbed.
Here is the official Labor Department statement:
In the week ending September 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 351,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 332,000 to 335,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,750, a decrease of 750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 335,750 to 336,500.