Unemployment Insurance Claims
The total number of initial Unemployment Insurance claims declined by 286 in September, as 12,895 total initial claims were filed over the month. Initial claims also declined over the year, with the 12,895 claims representing a 3.2 percent decrease from the 13,327 claims filed in September of 2015. Industry groups that saw notable over-the-year declines included Manufacturing (1,928 claims, 34.8 percent lower), Administrative and Waste Services (967, 12.9 percent lower) and Health Care and Social Assistance (924 claims, 12.7 percent lower). The most significant increase came in the Construction industry, which had 3,143 claims, a 42.8 percent increase over a year ago.
Claims seemed to decline more sharply for those demographic groups with less education. People with fewer than twelve years of education saw their initial claims down 8 percent to 761. Those with twelve years had a 4.5 percent decrease to 4,602. People with some college education had less decline, as those with thirteen to fifteen years had 4,844 claims (1.0 percent fewer) and those with more than fifteen years had 2,477 claims (1.5 percent fewer than last year).
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