News Column

Florida's Unemployment Claims Fall 25 Percent

Jan 28, 2013

Marcia Heroux Pounds

Initial claimants for unemployment compensation in Florida fell 25 percent, to 4,655 in December from 6,239 a year ago, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

One reason is that mass layoffs, which are those of 50 or more employees, also fell in December: to 61 from 70 a year ago.

Nationwide, employers took 1,509 mass layoff actions involving 137,839 workers during December.

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