Florida Unemployment Claims Continue To Drop – CBS Miami
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami / NSF) – Newly filed jobless claims in Florida continue to slow, with the state recording its lowest weekly total since the collapse of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
The U.S. Department of Labor estimated Thursday that 5,946 new claims were filed in Florida in the week ending July 3, up from a revised number of 6,917 in the week ending June 26.
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Nationally, 373,000 new claims were filed last week, 2,000 more than the previous week.
The ministry announced last week that the national unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in June, up from 5.8 percent in May. The increase in the rate came as more people returned to work, with 850,000 jobs created nationwide in June.
The estimate of claims filed in Florida last week was the lowest total since 5,325 claims in the first week of March 2020.
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For reasons of unemployment, the state Department of Economic Opportunity marks the start of the pandemic on March 15, 2020. The state recorded 74,313 jobless claims for the week that ended March 21, 2020, and claims continued to peak during the week of 506,670 that ended on 04/18/2020.
For the past four weeks, Florida recorded an average of 7,607 new claims per week. In June, the state reintroduced a “job search” requirement for people in the unemployment system and stopped providing $ 300 per week in addition to state benefits.
State officials claimed the steps would help encourage people to return to work, although critics said the cut in federal aid would hurt many people who continue to struggle during the pandemic.
The state’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in May, reflecting 503,000 people considered unemployed with 10.24 million workers. A June unemployment report will be issued on July 16.
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