The number of people filing for initial unemployment benefits in the week ending Saturday was up 10,000 from the previous week's upwardly revised figure of 344,000, the Labor Department said.
Analysts had expecting about 340,000 first-time claims, the same figure as initially reported last week.
With state governments closed for the holiday, they had less time to report their claims figures to the Labor Department. Because of the short week, claims data were estimated for five states -- Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia and Wyoming -- the Labor Department said.
The four-week average, which smooths out weekly variations, rose to 347,250 last week. That was up 6,750 from the previous week, but still below the 350,000 level that economists say is consistent with a moderately growing jobs market.
Analysts and investors are watching economic data closely to try to determine when the
Thursday's jobless claims figures could be an initial sign of another summer slowdown, but it's too soon to tell, said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York.
"Unemployment claims are not unfriendly for the economic outlook," he said of the latest numbers. "But they are not overly friendly either."