Wisconsinites seeking first unemployment checks is down from week before
The numbers of laid-off Wisconsinites seeking their first unemployment checks were down last week from the week before.
The U.S. Labor Department said Wisconsin had just more than 18,000 new requests for jobless benefits, about 1,500 fewer than the previous week.
Wisconsin had the nation's 14th-largest decrease, but the number of claims was still doubled from the same week the year before.
A separate report from state officials said the total jobless claims so far this year were 80 percent above the same period in 2008.
But most analysts say job openings are still scarce, and they expect the nation's unemployment rate to rise again when the July figures are announced this morning.
A survey by Thomson Reuters projects a new rate of 9.6 percent, up 0.1 from June.