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Unemployment claims in Arkansas increased last week

Initial claims for unemployment benefits in Arkansas increased last week compared to the week before, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.

New unemployment claims, a gauge for layoffs, rose to 1,089 in the week ending May 4, up from 1,065 the week before, the Labor Department said.

U.S. unemployment claims rose to 231,000 last week, an increase of 22,000 claims from 209,000 the week before on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Indiana saw the largest percentage increase in weekly claims, with claims increasing 104.1%. The percentage of new claims was the highest in the Virgin Islands: the number of claims fell by 76%.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites nationwide, generated from data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s weekly unemployment insurance claims report.

This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: Unemployment claims in Arkansas increased last week

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