Newly-Filed Unemployment Claims Drop Sharply

STATE – After two weeks of steep increases, the federal Department of Labor reported that new unemployment claims filed in New Jersey fell by 10,585 for the week ending July 10. State officials said that the lower figure was the result of fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing and service industries.

New unemployment claims continue to rise in neighboring states. New York saw an 18,047 increase in new claims due to layoffs in the transportation, service and public administration industries. Pennsylvania’s new claims increased by 1,395 due to layoffs in the construction, trade, service and wood products industries.

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