The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,871 from the previous week's total of 2,966. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,707.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 3,026 from the previous week's total of 3,206.
Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending July 2 increased to 27,224 compared to 26,939 in the previous week.
The four-week moving average for such claims increased to 26,824 from the previous week's average of 25,917.