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Florida unemployment continues to rise

May 21, 2020 - Another 233,927 Floridian filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits during the week ended May 16, a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor said. Since mid-March, 2.2 million state residents have filed initial unemployment claims. Nationally, there were 2.4 million first-time claims for the week ended May 16. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 17.2 percent for the week ending May 9, the Labor Department said.

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