The number of people filing initial applications for unemployment benefits rose last week by 6,000 to 386,000, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday.
The rolling four-week average of jobless claims, which is thought to better reflect underlying trends, climbed by 3,500 to 382,000, the highest level since late April.
The ranks of people receiving state unemployment benefits dropped 33,000 to 3.28 million during the week that ended June 2, the Labor Department said.
State benefits generally run out after 26 weeks, but the worst economic slump since the Great Depression prompted lawmakers to approve federal emergency programs that provide jobless benefits for up to 99 weeks.
For the week ending May 26, the number of people getting state or federal unemployment benefits was 5.82 million, a decline of 145,900 from the previous week.
U.S. employers created just 69,000 jobs in May, well below analysts' expectations, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in the previous month.
The total number of unemployed remained at 12.7 million.
The long-term unemployed, defined as those who have been looking for work for more than 27 weeks, rose from 5.1 million in April to 5.4 million in May, accounting for 42.58 percent of all unemployed workers.
The department's broader U6 unemployment rate, which includes part-time workers who would prefer full-time jobs and people who have given up looking, stood at 14.8 percent in May. EFE