The chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said at a conference Tuesday that to address the record-high job vacancies, the U.S. should seek to double the nation’s number of legal immigrants.

Florida Jobless Claims Decrease

Unemployment claims in Florida dipped slightly last week, while the number of first-time claims nationally fell to the lowest mark since September.
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Unemployment claims in Florida dipped slightly last week, while the number of first-time claims nationally fell to the lowest mark since September.

The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released a report that estimated 5,685 new claims were filed in Florida during the week that ended Dec. 10, down from a revised count of 6,393 during the week that ended Dec. 3.

The latest numbers show the state continuing to move away from a surge of claims after Category 4 Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida on Sept. 28 and crossed the state. Since the start of November, the state has averaged 6,041 claims a week.

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Before Hurricane Ian, the state had averaged 6,120 claims a week going back to the beginning of July. In the three weeks after Ian, the state averaged 11,871 claims.

Nationally, 211,000 claims were filed last week, a drop of 20,000 from the week ending Dec. 3. Florida had a 2.7 percent unemployment rate in October, with an estimated 285,000 people qualified as unemployed from a workforce of 10.75 million.

The state Department of Economic Opportunity will release November statistics on Friday.

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