First-time unemployment claims in Florida increased last week after dipping around Thanksgiving, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Florida had an estimated 6,071 claims during the week that ended Dec. 3, up from a revised count of 4,109 during the holiday-shortened week that ended Nov. 26.
Last week’s total reflected a more-average pace.
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The state had averaged 6,685 claims in the three weeks before the holiday week. Before Hurricane Ian crashed into Southwest Florida in late September, the state averaged 6,120 claims a week going back to the start of July.
Nationally, 230,000 claims were filed last week, an increase of 4,000 from the prior week. Florida had a 2.7 percent unemployment rate in October, reflecting an estimated 285,000 Floridians qualifying as unemployed from a workforce of 10.75 million.
The state Department of Economic Opportunity will release November numbers on Dec. 16.