Unemployment Claims at 26-year High

Dec. 11, 2008
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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