UNDATED (WSAU) Wisconsin had the nation’s fifth-largest decrease in new claims for unemployment benefits during the week ending February 9th. That’s the latest state data available from the U-S Labor Department. It said the Badger State had 1,670 fewer new unemployment claims than the week ending on Groundhog Day. State officials did not give a specific reason.
California had the nation’s largest drop in new jobless benefit claims, with 4,830. Kansas was the only state reporting an increase of more than a-thousand. It had almost 2,350 layoffs in the last reporting period. That was due to layoffs in transportation manufacturing.