Florida sees fewer jobless claims, COVID-19 cases
Florida’s jobless claims dropped by more than a third last week from the previous week as fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues.
On Thursday, the state also reported 139 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing Florida's overall total above 11,000.
Florida has seen rates of new cases averaging below 3,500 a day in recent days down from peaks averaging nearly 12,000 daily in mid-July.
The positivity rate in testing has been just under 10% the past couple of days.
The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday that 45,723 Floridians applied for unemployment benefits last week, a drop from 72,774 new claims filed the previous week.