The Labor Department released the weekly unemployment insurance report that found claims rose by 10,000 to 247,000 for the week ending January 7.
The final Labor Department jobs report under President Barack Obama finds the U.S. economy added a below average 156,000 jobs and unemployment ticked up.
The Labor Department reported weekly jobless claims rose by 21,000 to 275,000 for the week ending December 17, far higher than the 256,000 estimate.
The Labor Department said weekly jobless claims fell by 4,000 to 254,000 for the week ending December 10, lower than the forecast anticipating 255,000.
The Labor Department report shows the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits gained 18,000 from a 43-year low in the week ending November 19.
The Labor Department reported Thursday weekly jobless claims fell by 11,000 during the the week ending November 5, right before the election.
The Labor Department said Friday the U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs in October, far below the median economist forecast calling for 175,000.
The Labor Department said Thursday weekly jobless claims rose by 7,000 to 265,000 last week, higher than the median forecast calling for 258,000.
The Labor Department said first-time unemployment claims fell by 3,000 to 258,000 week ending October 22, higher than the median forecast of 255,000.