That's a 3% increase from the previous week.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Initial claims for unemployment compensation in Ohio are continuing to rise.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services oversees unemployment claims.

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The agency said Friday that 21,868 Ohioans filed claims for unemployment for the week ending Nov. 7.

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That’s a 3% increase from the previous week when 21,263 Ohioans filed claims but nearly 20% higher than October figures.

The state also says Ohioans filed 260,855 continuing unemployment claims last week, a figure considered a more reliable indicator of economic strength and one that has slowly decreased over the past few weeks.

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