The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased less than expected last week, a sign that the labor market was continuing to tighten.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 239,000 for the week ended Feb. 11, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
Data for the prior week was unrevised.
Claims have been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a strong labor market, for 102 consecutive weeks.
That is the longest stretch since 1970, when the labor market was much smaller.
The labor market is at or close to full employment, with the unemployment rate at 4.8 percent.