Nebraska Reports Surge in New Jobless Claims

Lincoln – The number of people filing new unemployment claims in Nebraska surged recently to its highest level in nearly two months, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The department said 6,143 people filed initial claims for benefits during the week that ended July 4. That’s a roughly 46% increase over the 4,203 new claims filed the previous week.

Nebraska Department of Labor officials said other Midwestern states saw increase as well. They also noted that the number of continuing unemployment claims decreased. Nebraska saw 53,673 regular unemployment claims last week, a decrease of 4.5% from the prior week, when 56,219 claims were filed. “We continue to analyze the claim numbers and track the progression of all claims to see what trends emerge,” said State Labor Commissioner John Albin.

– Associated Press

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