Tropical storm blamed for rise in jobless claims

9/14/2012
BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

WASHINGTON — The number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped sharply last week, mainly because of delayed claims filed by people affected by Tropical Storm Isaac.

Initial jobless claims climbed by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000 in the week ended Sept. 8, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That’s the highest level since mid-July.

The government said more than half the increase, or some 9,000 claims, stemmed from the tropical storm that passed through the Gulf Coast in late August.