More Than Six Million File Claims For Unemployment Benefits

07.23.09 | FL News Team

Jobless numbers are on the rise. The Labor Department says 554-thousand people filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week. That's an increase of 30-thousand from the week before. The number of people who filed for benefits for the week ending July 11th, including continuing claims, was just short of six-and-a-quarter-million. That was down 88-thousand from the previous week. The national week-to-week insured unemployment rate remained at four-point-seven percent.


Michigan and Oregon had the highest insured unemployment rate for the week ending July 4th at six-point-eight-percent. Pennsylvania, Nevada and Wisconsin all had insured unemployment rates of above six-percent. New York, North Carolina and Florida all saw big increases in initial claims for unemployment benefits in the latest report.