Unemployment claims in South Dakota declined last week

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

New jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, fell to 153 in the week ending February 17, down from 236 the week before, the Labor Department said.

U.S. unemployment claims dropped to 201,000 last week, down 12,000 claims from 213,000 the week prior on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Oklahoma saw the largest percentage increase in weekly claims, with claims jumping by 139.6%. Kentucky, meanwhile, saw the largest percentage drop in new claims, with claims dropping by 71.8%.

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This article originally appeared on Watertown Public Opinion: Unemployment claims in South Dakota declined last week