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Initial filings for unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania dropped last week compared with the week prior, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.

New jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, fell to 9,477 in the week ending March 23, down from 9,803 the week before, the Labor Department said.

U.S. unemployment claims dropped to 210,000 last week, down from 212,000 the week prior on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Missouri saw the largest percentage increase in weekly claims, jumping by 27.9%. Virgin Islands, meanwhile, saw the largest percentage drop, with claims falling by 48.6%.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s weekly unemployment insurance claims report.

This article originally appeared on Ellwood City Ledger: Unemployment claims in Pennsylvania declined last week

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