The number of jobless benefit claims filed in Maryland, the most current indicator of economic conditions, rose almost 2 percent in the first week of August, compared with the week before, state officials reported this week, and were almost 6 percent higher than a month earlier.
New claims, the number of people first entering the state unemployment system, fell 1 percent compared with the week before and were 2 percent lower than a month before, the Department of Economic and Employment Development said.
In the week that ended Aug. 3, a total of 59,357 people filed claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Maryland, for a total of $8.9 million in benefits paid. Benefits declined by $235,472 from the week before but were more than $483,000 higher than a month earlier.
Jobless claims in Baltimore also showed mixed results in the first week of August, dipping about 6 percent from the week before, but rising 1.4 percent from a month earlier.