Unemployment Claims Decrease

Dec. 4, 2008
21,000 less claims for last week

In the week ending Nov. 29, unemployment claims were 509,000, a decrease of 21,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 530,000.

The unemployment rate was 3.1% for the week ending Nov. 22, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3%.

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 22 were in California (+10,882), Ohio (+6,658), Michigan (+6,611), Indiana (+6,501), and Missouri (+5,820), while the largest decreases were in Nebraska (-72), Utah (-37), the Virgin Islands (-8), and North Dakota (-4).

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