Jobless Claims Increase in Texas: U.S. Department of Labor Reports Alarming Growth


The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday that more people in Texas applied for jobless benefits for the first time last week than the week before.

The number of new jobless claims, which are a good indicator of cuts, rose from 8,159 the week before to 17,074 in the week ending January 6.

Last week, the number of U.S. jobless claims fell to 202,000, which is 1,000 fewer than the week before, when they were 203,000.

The biggest jump in weekly claims happened in South Carolina, where they went up by 202.6%. Virgin Islands, on the other hand, had the biggest drop in new claims, with 50% fewer claims.

Different versions of this story are being posted on news sites across the country by the USA TODAY Network. These versions are based on information from the weekly jobless insurance claims report from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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