First-time unemployment claims in Florida were up slightly last week, but the numbers continued showing relatively little change since the start of the year.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released a report that estimated 6,428 initial unemployment claims were filed in Florida last week, up from a revised count of 6,126 during the week that ended July 22.
The department estimated 227,000 first-time claims were filed nationally last week, up 6,000 from the previous week. Florida has averaged 6,115 new claims over the past four weeks.
Since the start of the year, Florida has averaged 5,859 claims a week. In that time, Florida’s unemployment rate has held at 2.6 percent. The state will release a July unemployment report on Aug. 18.
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