In some of the states hardest hit by the resurgence in the coronavirus, initial jobless claims jumped last week, a sign of the renewed economic toll wrought by the pandemic.
Florida saw an increase of 62,467 new claims, nearly double the new filings a week earlier. Georgia recorded a jump of 31,176, while new claims in California rose by 22,941. Unlike the overall numbers for filings nationwide, this data is not seasonally adjusted.
Washington State, another new hot spot, reported 12,272 new claims.
One exception to the trend was Texas, where claims fell by 11,509, despite a resurgence in the virus. New filings had risen by more than 20,000 the previous week.
As caseloads have rebounded, state authorities have wrestled with the proper response. The increases in the week ending July 11 suggest that as businesses like restaurants and bars close again, workers find themselves confronting unemployment for a second time this year.
States that have been better able to control the spread of the virus posted healthier figures in terms of the jobs market. In New York, where outdoor dining has returned and many businesses have reopened, new claims fell by 2,157, while initial filings sank by 10,055 in New Jersey.