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Wisconsin has nation's biggest jump in new jobless benefit claims


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin has the nation’s largest increase in new applications for unemployment benefits.

U.S. labor officials said Thursday that almost 5,900 Wisconsin workers filed benefit applications during the week ending November 24th. That’s more than twice as many as second-place Oregon.

Wisconsin did not tell the federal government why so many more residents filed for unemployment. Oregon said its increase was due to the holidays and winter weather.

New Jersey had the biggest decrease in unemployment applications. About 24,000 fewer people filed for benefits, due to fewer claims connected with Hurricane Sandy.

Nationally, a seasonally-adjusted 370,000 people sought jobless benefits for the first time during the week ending December 1st. That’s down 25,000 from the week before, and officials say the applications are consistent with a modest level of hiring.

The state figures normally lag a week behind the national data.