There were 445-thousand initial claims filed in the week ending January 8th. That's 35-thousand more claims than were filed in the week prior.
However, there is some good news.
There were nearly a quarter of a million fewer total claims filed in the week ending January 1st. Those are initial claims plus continuing claims for people who have been unemployed for more than a week.
The total number of claims filed that week was just short of three-point-nine-million.
California reported the largest drop in initial claims for unemployment. It credited the drop of more than 13-thousand claims on fewer layoffs in the service industry.
Georgia had the largest increase for the week ending January 1st, with nearly 12-thousand additional claims. It blamed layoffs in the construction, trade, service and manufacturing industries.
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