Jobless Claims Fall Amid Hurricane Sandy

Source: Annalyn Kurtz / CNN Money

NEW YORK – Claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, as Hurricane Sandy led to power outages and closed offices on the East Coast and kept many people from filing claims.

About 355,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits in the week ended November 3, down 8,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday.

That level is the lowest in a month, but it reflects data that was distorted by the storm. At least one state was not able to process claims due to power outages, a Labor Department official said.

As of Thursday morning, New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development was experiencing delays in processing claims.

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