by Bruce Walker
Ohio residents filed 33,112 new unemployment claims during the week ending June 13, down 3,042 new claims from the prior week.
The total number of Ohio residents seeking unemployment is 504,124.
The U.S. Department of Labor noted four states with the greatest decrease of new claims over the week ending June 6: Florida (95,546), Texas (17,001), Georgia (13,909) and Michigan (11,454).
More than 1.5 million people nationwide filed new unemployment claims last week, down 58,000 new claims from the week ending June 6.
All told, 45 million unemployment claims have been filed throughout the nation after states imposed lockdowns to curb the spread of the coronavirus in late March.
That number has decreased significantly in recent weeks once states began relaxing restrictions. The U.S. Department of Labor reported the total number of unemployment claims at 20.5 million in the week ending June 13.
The national unemployment rate as of June 6 was 14.1 percent.
States reporting the highest unemployment in the nation included New York (18 percent) and California (16.2 percent).
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Bruce Walker is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as editor at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s MichiganScience magazine and The Heartland Institute’s InfoTech & Telecom News.