Initial unemployment-insurance benefit claims in North Carolina remained on the decline last week, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday.
North Carolina experienced a 35.5% decrease, to 17,402, for the week that ended Aug. 1.
Nationwide, there were 1.19 million initial claims filed last week, compared with the revised figure of 1.43 million for the week that ended July 25. Claims have surpassed the 1 million mark for 20 consecutive weeks.
The national peak to date was the 6.87 million claims filed the week that ended March 28.
The nationwide total of UI claims filed since March 15 is 53.8 million, though that number could be affected by individuals filing multiple claims if they had multiple jobs. There were 32.1 million individuals with an active claim as of July 18, up from 30.2 million as of July 11.
North Carolina had the 13th highest UI claim filings in the nation last