This marks 72 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.
The 4-week moving average was 257,750, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 259,000.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent for the week ending July 9, a decrease 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 July 9 was 2,128,000, a decrease of 25,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up 4,000 from 2,149,000 to 2,153,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,141,250, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 1,000 from 2,143,000 to 2,144,000.