This Weeks US and Michigan Unemployment Rates

The number of Americans looking for unemployment benefits rose last week.

Jobless claims jumped to 419,000 – which is up from 368,000 from the week before.

The weekly number of first-time applications for benefits generally tracks layoffs.

In Michigan last week, more than 20,000 residents filed initial claims for unemployment.

Applications are about 13,000 more than the week before.

The spokesperson for the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity says Michigan historically sees a large jump in claims filed each summer due to auto manufacturers and their suppliers temporarily shutting down their plants and facilities.