The 4-week moving average was 217,750, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 219,750.
According to unadjusted data, the largest declines were reported in California (-12,312), Texas (-5,915) and New York (-5,283) while the biggest increases were observed in Iowa (+1,523), Ohio (+1,152) and Wisconsin (+739).
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending November 23, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 23 was 1,693,000, an increase of 51,000 from the previous week's revised 1,642,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,681,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised average.