March 19, 2009
Jobless claims fall in week
First-time claims for U.S. unemployment insurance declined by 12,000 during the week ending March 14, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday.
The 646,000 initial benefits claims contributed to a four-week rolling average to 654,000, which was an increase of 3,750 from the previous week's rolling average.
The biggest increases in claims for the week ending March 7 were reported by Indiana with 5,603 additional claims; Pennsylvania, which added 4,702; and Texas, which added 4,007, the report said.
For the week ending March 7, the biggest decreases were reported by New York with a decline of 11,218 claims; Connecticut, declining by 2,254; and Tennessee with 2,153 fewer claims than the week of Feb. 28.
State-by-state statistics lag a week behind the national report.