California Jobless Claims Jump by Nearly 11,000

The number of people filing new jobless claims across the country dropped by 12,000 to 267,000, according to a weekly report from theU.S. Department of Labor. California saw a huge increase in new claims.

The four-week moving average was 276,750, or a drop of 2,000 from the previous week.

The number of people claiming jobless benefits was 2.14 million, or an increase of 79,821 from the previous week. In comparison, there were 2.48 million people claiming unemployment benefits at this same time last year.

California reported the largest increase in claims of 10,917. The state attributed the change to layoffs in the service industry.

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