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Florida Jobless Claims See Little Change

The pace of first-time unemployment claims remains relatively unchanged in Florida.

The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released a report that estimated 217,000 claims were filed nationally last week, including 5,358 in Florida.

The Florida total was down from 5,750 claims during the week that ended Oct. 28.

The state has averaged 5,795 claims during the past four weeks and 5,819 since the start of the year.

Last week’s national total was down 3,000 claims from the week that ended Oct. 28, with the national average over the past four weeks at 212,250 claims.

Florida had a 2.8 percent unemployment rate in September.

The Florida Department of Commerce will release an October rate on Nov. 17.