Filings For First Time Jobless Benefits Claims Drop

01.28.10 | FL News Team

Fewer people are filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits. The latest statistics from the Labor Department show 470-thousand initial claims were filed last week, a drop of eight-thousand from the week before. The total number of claims for the week ending January 16th, including continuing claims, was just over four-point-six-million. It had dropped by 57-thousand from the previous week. The insured unemployment rate for the nation was three-point-five percent, a drop of a tenth of a point from a week earlier.

 California saw the biggest jump in initial claims for jobless benefits in the week ending January 16th, but the state says that's due to a backlog of claims being cleared. Florida and West Virginia also saw jumps in initial claims. Florida blames layoffs in the construction, trade and service industries, as well as agriculture. West Virginia says its increase in claims is due to layoffs in service and information industries.