The 4-week moving average was 212,500, an increase of 6,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 206,000.
According to unadjusted data, the biggest rises were recorded in New York (+6,637), New Jersey (+2,964) and Delaware (+760) while the largest declines were seen in Massachusetts (-6,701), California (-2,731), Rhode Island (-2,461) and Connecticut (-1,763).
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending April 20, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 20 was 1,671,000, an increase of 17,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 1,655,000 to 1,654,000. It compares with market expectations of 1,659,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,673,750, a decrease of 13,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 1,687,750 to 1,687,500.