Hurricane Jobs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Labor Department says the number of people who have lost their jobs because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita jumped to 438,000 last week.

That's as the economic shockwaves from the nation's costliest natural disaster continued to be felt six week after Katrina careened across the Gulf Coast.

The Labor Department reported that an additional 75,000 hurricane-related claims were filed last week. That's out of a nationwide total of 389,000 new claims for unemployment benefits.

Government analysts say Katrina, which hit near New Orleans on Aug. 29, was still accounting for more layoffs than Rita, which came ashore near the Texas-Louisiana border on Sept. 24.

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