Initial jobless claims fell 2,000 to 291,000 for the week ending Nov. 15.

The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 290,000 to 293,000.

The four-week moving average was 287,500, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average.

The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 285,000 to 285,750.

There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.8% for the week ending November 8, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 8 was 2,330,000, a decrease of 73,000 from the previous week's revised level. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since December 16, 2000 when it was 2,322,000. The previous week's level was revised up 11,000 from 2,392,000 to 2,403,000.

The four-week moving average was 2,369,000, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since January 13, 2001 when it was 2,360,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 2,750 from 2,372,500 to 2,375,250.