Requests for unemployment benefits continue to fall

Requests for unemploymen

There was a three percent fall in the number of new people requesting unemployment benefits during the month of November, the National Insurance Institute (NII) reported Tuesday. The institute received a total of 16,000 new claims for such benefits last month, compared to the 16,600 new requests it received during the month of October. Figures from the NII show that the overall number of requests for unemployment benefits last month was 89,500, compared to 96,000 in June. Despite the slight drop, the NII noted that 2009 has seen an increase of 50% in applications for unemployment benefits and a rise of 40% in new claims compared to 2008.