Florida continues to see a low, steady pace of first-time unemployment claims. The U.S. Department of Labor released a report on Thursday that estimated 5,839 jobless claims were filed in Florida last week, down from 6,021 during the week ending Oct. 14.
Nationally, 201,000 claims were filed last week, up 10,000 from the week that ended Oct. 14.
The new numbers came after the Florida Department of Commerce said the state’s unemployment rate increased from 2.7 percent in August to 2.8 percent in September.
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The September rate reflected an estimated 309,000 people out of work from a labor force of 11.15 million. Florida has averaged 6,017 new claims over the past four weeks.
Since the start of September, Florida has averaged 5,701 claims a week.
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