The rebound in initial claims breaks an eight-week straight run of declines.
First-time filings for unemployment insurance-a proxy for layoffs-came in at 332,000 for the week ending Sept. 11, a rise of 20,000 from the previous week's revised level of 310,000.
Pfizer said that booster doses should be given to all people aged 16 and older six months after they received their second dose of the mRNA vaccine.
Economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have lowered their forecast for growth in the U.S. economy this year for a second time.
The American Automobile Association said it expects gas prices to remain elevated at least through the beginning of August.
Initial filings for unemployment insurance, a proxy for layoffs, came in at 385,000 for the week ended July 31, a drop of 14,000 over the previous week's revised level, the Labor Department said in a release Thursday.