October 2, 2023

Florida jobless claim totals see little change

Florida continues to see relatively little change in the pace of unemployment claims.

The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released a report that estimated 5,523 first-time unemployment claims were filed last week in Florida, down from 5,879 during the week that ended May 20.

Florida has averaged 5,665 weekly claims since mid-November, following a brief spike after Hurricane Ian caused massive damage in late September.

Nationally, 232,000 first-time claims were filed last week, up 2,000 from the previous week.

The country has averaged 229,500 claims over four weeks. Florida in April had a 2.6 percent unemployment rate, with an estimated 281,000 Floridians qualified as out-of-work from a labor force of 10.96 million.

The state will release a May report on June 16.

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