Unemployment claims in Alabama declined last week

Initial filings for unemployment benefits in Alabama 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 2,018 in the week ending February 10, down from 2,417 the week before, the Labor Department said.

U.S. unemployment claims dropped to 212,000 last week, down 8,000 claims from 220,000 the week prior on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Kentucky saw the largest percentage increase in weekly claims, with claims jumping by 179.0%. Missouri, meanwhile, saw the largest percentage drop in new claims, with claims dropping by 56.4%.

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This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Unemployment claims in Alabama declined last week