Florida sees slight decrease in jobless claims as pandemic continues
The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday reported an estimated 23,982 first-time jobless applications in Florida during the week that ended Nov. 21, a decrease of 376 from the prior week. Ron DeSantis to issue a statewide mask mandate to address recent increases in COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The federal estimate also followed the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announcing Friday the state’s unemployment rate for October was 6.5 percent, down from 7.2 percent in September. The decline in new unemployment claims comes as the state has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases during the past month. Walt Disney Co. had earlier informed the state of about 18,000 layoffs occurring at Florida properties starting in December.