Weekly Initial Jobless Claims Rise Slightly to 308,000

In the week ending Oct. 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 308,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week, the Department of Labor reports

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9% for the week ending Sept. 30, unchanged from the prior week.  The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Sept. 30 was 2,445,000, an increase of 5,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,440,000. 

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Sept. 23 were in Puerto Rico (3.7 percent), Michigan (2.8), Alaska (2.6), New Jersey (2.4), Pennsylvania (2.3), Arkansas (2.2), Connecticut (2.0), Massachusetts (2.0), Oregon (2.0), and South Carolina (2.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Sept. 30 were in Kentucky (+3,010), Indiana (+1,854), Pennsylvania (+831), Massachusetts (+490), and Ohio (+432), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-12,540), New York (-877), Missouri (-843), Georgia (-772), and North Carolina (-674).

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