Unemployment Is On The Rise In The Wake Of Hurricane Irma

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits is rising-- in part due to Hurricane Irma. 

The U.S. Labor Department says an additional 12,000 people applied for benefits last week, taking the total to 272,000 nationwide.  

While claims rose 81 percent in Florida, they fell 29 percent in Texas as the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey continued to fade in the Lone Star State. 

Despite the impact of the storms, the overall level of claims remains low, suggesting that most American workers enjoy job security.  

Nationwide, the unemployment rate remains at 4.4 percent.

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