Initial filings for unemployment benefits in North Carolina dropped last week compared with the week prior, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.
New jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, fell to 3,375 in the week ending January 13, down from 3,765 the week before, the Labor Department said.
U.S. unemployment claims dropped to 187,000 last week, down 16,000 claims from 203,000 the week prior on a seasonally adjusted basis.
Virgin Islands saw the largest percentage increase in weekly claims, with claims jumping by 285.7%. South Carolina, meanwhile, saw the largest percentage drop in new claims, with claims dropping by 50.7%.
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This article originally appeared on The Fayetteville Observer: Unemployment claims in North Carolina declined last week
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