The weekly number of applications for unemployment benefits in the United States rose last week to 240,000, compared to the 223,000 registered the week before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Wednesday.
Most analysts had estimated that there would be a few 225,000 requests for this social benefit.
The four-week average number of claims, a measure that offsets the weekly ups and downs, stood at 226,750, compared with 221,250 up to the previous week.
The BLS reported that in the week ending November 12, 1,551,000 people received this benefit, compared to 1,503,000 the previous week.
The report noted that, in the week ending November 12, the largest increases in the number of applications for the subsidy for unemployment occurred in Minnesota, with 1,971; North Carolina, with 1,141; New Jersey, with 1,020; Montana, with 918, and Pennsylvania, with 607.
In that week the largest decreases were registered in Kentucky, with 3,330; Georgia, with 1,726; Florida, with 1,302; Indiana, with 1,136, and Texas, with 1,091.
The Labor Department noted that the nationwide unemployment rate stood at 3.7% of the labor force in October, an increase of two tenths over the previous month.