More than 30,000 new unemployment applicants came in last week
| News Service of Florida
TALLAHASSEE — First-time unemployment claims in Florida continued to slow last week, though a survey indicates small businesses remain concerned about a sluggish recovery during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a report released Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated 30,874 new jobless claims were filed in Florida during the week that ended Oct. 24, down from 40,070 a week earlier. Nationally, initial claims fell 5%.
The Labor Department weekly report also came as the U.S. Department of Commerce issued economic-growth numbers Thursday showing the country has made up a portion of the losses caused by the pandemic.
Florida had fewer initial unemployment claims last week than many other large states. California had 152,057 initial applications, while Illinois had 54,819, New York had 52,283, Massachusetts had 47,202, Georgia had 43,362, and Texas had 33,757.