First-time unemployment claims in Florida dipped last week as the labor market remains tight nationally.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released a report that estimated 6,790 unemployment claims were filed in Florida during the week that ended Jan. 14, down from a revised count of 7,447 during the week that ended Jan. 7.
Nationally, the department estimated a 15,000-claim drop to 190,000 claims last week. The federal agency reported that an estimated 5.7 million people were unemployed across the country in December, while there were 10.5 million job openings posted.
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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will release a December unemployment report for the state on Friday.
Florida’s jobless rate in November was 2.6 percent, representing 280,000 Floridians out-of-work from a labor force of 10.756 million. The national unemployment rate in December, released earlier this month, was 3.5 percent.