Unemployment Insurance Claims
The total number of initial Unemployment Insurance claims dipped slightly in June, down to 14,552, from May’s 15,921. Over the year, there were 8.5 percent fewer claims than in June of 2015 (16,868). This is a large improvement over May, when the number of initial claims were up by 4.2 percent over the year. June saw large proportional decreases in a number of the smaller major industries. Public Administration had 33.5 percent fewer claims (240), Mining had 92.1 percent fewer (30), Real Estate and Rental and Leasing had 30.8 percent fewer (146), and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation had 24.3 percent fewer (156). The most notable increase in claims came in the Construction industry, which had 4.1 percent more claims than a year ago (2,081). Construction has seen increased over-the-year claims in every month since February, when the change was flat.
June’s decrease in claims was shared among most demographic groups. Every education level saw a decline in claims from June of 2015, as did every published race, ethnicity, and gender group. The only measured age group to show an increase was those 65 and over, who had 4.8 percent more claims than a year ago.
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