WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- First-time unemployment claims dropped sharply in the week that ended Saturday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday.
The statistical office said initial claims fell by 21,000 to 323,000 in the week. The bureau also revised last week's figure from 341,000 to 344,000.
The four-week rolling average of first-time claims fell by 6,750 to 338,500.
The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 9 were in California, with an increase of 4,737, New York, up by 2,853 and Pennsylvania, up by 2,711.
The largest decreases were in Florida, off by 1,055, Kentucky, off by 580 and Ohio, off by 409.