Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 353,000 from 351,000.
The average of new claims over the past four weeks, meanwhile, declined by 1,250 to 355,000.
Continuing claims, which reflect people already receiving benefits, decreased by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.35 million in the week ended March 10. Continuing claims are reported with a one-week lag.
About 7.28 million people received some kind of state or federal benefit in the week ended March 3, a decline of 142,499. Total claims are reported with a two-week lag.