The 4-week moving average which smooths out week-to-week volatility, was 257,750, an increase of 4,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 253,000.
On an unadjusted basis, the biggest increases in initial claims were recorded in Misssouri (up by 4,085), Kentucky (up by 3,553) and California (up by 2,528). In contrast, North cCarolina (-2,226),; Michigan (-1,188) and Georgia (-1,028) recorded the biggest declines.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.5 percent for the week ending October 22, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate.
Continuing claims fell to 2,026,000 during the week ending October 22, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level and the lowest since June 10, 2000 when it was 2,020,000. The previous week's level was revised up 1,000 from 2,039,000 to 2,040,000.
The 4-week moving average was 2,042,500, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since July 1, 2000 when it was 2,036,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 2,051,250 to 2,051,500.