In the week ending Feb. 3, the unemployment claims numbered 311,000. This is an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 308,000.
The 4-week moving average was 308,250, an increase of 3,250 from the previous week's revised average of 305,000.
Viewing the claims on a state basis the largest increase in claims were California, Texas and New Jersey.
As far as unemployment rates, Alaska (5.8%), Michigan (5.2%) and Pennsylvania (3 .8%) were the highest.