An additional 1.3 million Americans filed first-time jobless claims for the week ending July 11, according to Department of Labor data released Thursday.
Thursday’s numbers are down only 10,000 from the week before, CNN business reports. On an unadjusted basis, over 1.5 million Americans filed jobless claims for the first time — almost 109,000 from the week before, the publication notes. (RELATED: Jobs Increased And Unemployment Decreased In June)
Jobless claims have remained at historically high levels for the past several months due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home and quarantine orders, ABC News reports. As these orders have begun to be lifted, first time unemployment applications began to decline. But last week’s numbers were less than economists had expected.
This is the second week in row that the U.S. Department of Labor has said that about 1.3 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits for the first time. https://t.co/EJ9MxSAR3T
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Bankrate’s senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick noted Thursday that “new claims have dropped for 14 straight weeks despite the uneven nature of COVID-19 restrictions and the outbreak itself,” according to ABC News.
“Even so, with more bankruptcies and job cuts announced in the retail sector, for example, the economy remains at significant risk in the weeks and months ahead,” he added.
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