Unemployment claims in Massachusetts increased last week

Initial filings for unemployment benefits in Massachusetts rose last week compared with the week prior, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.

New jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, increased to 9,276 in the week ending Feb. 24, up from 5,296 the week before, the Labor Department said.

U.S. unemployment claims rose to 215,000 last week, up 13,000 claims from 202,000 the week prior on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Rhode Island saw the largest percentage increase in weekly claims, with claims jumping by 252.7%. Oklahoma, meanwhile, saw the largest percentage drop in new claims, with claims dropping by 64.3%.

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This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Unemployment claims in Massachusetts increased last week