Initial unemployment-insurance benefit claims in North Carolina increased last week for the first time in nine weeks, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday.
North Carolina had 14,882 claims for the week that ended Oct. 3, up from a revised 12,627 the previous week.
The last time there was an increase was the week that ended July 18.
With the increase in initial UI claims, North Carolina moved up two spots to having the 13th highest UI claim filings in the nation. The state’s highest weekly total for UI claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic is 172,745 for the week that ended March 28.
Nationwide, there were 840,000 initial claims filed last week, down from a revised 849,000 the previous week.
By comparison, the national weekly peak to date was the 6.87 million claims filed the week that ended March 28.
There were 25.5 million individuals with an active claim as