April 23, 2009
Jobless claims rise by 27,000
First-time claims for U.S. unemployment insurance jumped by 27,000 last week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday.
The 640,000 initial benefits claims contributed to a four-week rolling average of 646,750, which was a slight decrease -- down by 4,250 -- from the previous week's rolling average of 651,000.
The biggest increases in claims for the week ending April 11 were reported by Florida with 9,303 additional claims; Pennsylvania, which added 7,538; and California, which added 6,404, the report said.
State-by-state statistics lag a week behind the national report.
For the week ending April 11, the biggest decreases were reported by Michigan with a decline of 12,566 claims; North Carolina, declining by 6,428; and Missouri with 5,575 fewer claims than the week of April 4.