Jobless claims fall by 12,000 filings
California continues to work through backlog after computer glitches
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped less than expected last week as California continued to process a backlog of applications caused by computer malfunctions, Reuters news reported.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 4,000 more applications filed than previously reported.
A Labor Department analyst said claims from the backlog in California were still working their way through the system.
Technical problems as California converted to a new computer system have distorted the claims data since September, making it difficult to get a clear read of labor market conditions.