Unemployment claims in Ohio increased last week

Initial filings for unemployment benefits in Ohio rose last week compared with the week prior, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.

New jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, increased to 6,227 in the week ending February 17, up from 5,369 the week before, the Labor Department said.

U.S. unemployment claims dropped to 201,000 last week, down 12,000 claims from 213,000 the week prior on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Oklahoma saw the largest percentage increase in weekly claims, with claims jumping by 139.6%. Kentucky, meanwhile, saw the largest percentage drop in new claims, with claims dropping by 71.8%.

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This article originally appeared on The Daily Record: Unemployment claims in Ohio increased last week