The state also announced Thursday that residents who have exhausted their regular unemployment compensation can now receive up to 13 weeks of additional benefits under the CARES Act.
Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 2.4 million claims last week.
If an applicant is in the middle of receiving normal unemployment relief, then they will not receive relief under a PEUC claim.
The figure is still preliminary, with April payment data for six states including Florida and MI still not available on a Department of Labor Web site that provides detailed unemployment insurance information from the 50 states and the District of Columbia.More news: '17% Londoners, 5% of United Kingdom residents have COVID-19 antibodies'
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that Floridians filed 223,927 jobless claims last week, compared to 223,082 claims filed in the previous week.
Unemployment remains sky-high for Georgia and SC, with initial unemployment claims in Georgia at an all-time record as the one-month total surpassed filings in the past four years combined.
These workers generally do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance, but to get federal aid for virus-related job and income losses they must first file for state benefits and be denied.
Washington state has had its own troubles. Its Employment Security Department said Thursday that a fraud scheme has led to hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits going to impostors, according to the Associated Press. These so-called continuing claims numbers are reported with a one-week lag, but are considered a better gauge of the labor market. Economists are monitoring the number of Americans already on benefit rolls to gauge the breadth of the recovery in the labor market as states begin to reopen their economies.More news: Jordan Henderson sends message to Chelsea FC star N’Golo Kante
The unemployment rate increased by 7.3% in April to reach 11.9%, an all-time high. But state unemployment systems were overwhelmed by the load and backlogs developed.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has received more than 2 million claims seeking unemployment benefits from Floridians, though only 1.6 million claims have been verified. They were up by 1,332,941 claims or 6,353% from April 2019. On an non-seasonally adjusted basis, initial claims eased to 2.17 million last week from 2.36 million. The economy lost a record 20.5 million jobs in April.
"Given what's going on is not part of any typical seasonal pattern or anything, I think the NSA data has given you probably a little bit better of a more accurate picture of what's going on in the data", Luzzetti said.More news: Coronavirus to push 60 million into extreme poverty