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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With the state set to issue a detailed unemployment report Friday, first-time jobless claims decreased last week.

The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 7,694 first-time unemployment claims were filed in Florida during the week that ended January 15, down from a revised count of 10,103 claims the previous week.

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The Labor Department had initially estimated 9,705 applications were filed in Florida during the week that ended January 8. In all, the department reported Thursday that 286,000 first-time claims were filed nationally last week. That was up 55,000 from the previous week and put the average over the past four weeks at 231,000 claims.

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Florida has averaged 6,585 claims over the past four weeks and 7,265 claims a week since mid-May, when efforts were increased by the state to push people back into the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Economic Opportunity will release a report Friday showing December employment numbers.

Florida in November had a 4.5 percent unemployment rate, with an estimated 483,000 Floridians out of work from a labor force of 10.63 million.

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