Unemployment Claims at 26-year High

Last week claims totaled 573,000

In the week ending Dec. 6, the unemployment claims numbered 573,000, an increase of 58,000 from the previous week, according to a report from the Labor Deparment.

The unemployment rate was 3.3% for the week ending Nov. 29, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's rate of 3.1%.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Nov. 22 were in Puerto Rico (5%), Oregon (4.5%), Michigan (4.3%), Nevada (4.1%), Idaho (3.9%), Alaska (3.8%), Pennsylvania (3.7%), South Carolina (3.7%), New Jersey (3.6%) and Wisconsin (3.5%).

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