Labor Dept. Reports 2.4 Million New Jobless Claims; Total Now 38.6 Million

Another 2.4 million Americans filed initial jobless claims last week, the Labor Department reported yesterday, bringing to 38.6 million workers who have applied for unemployment assistance since the coronavirus pandemic clobbered the U.S. economy nine weeks ago.

Initial Claims Tapering, But Remain High

Nearly three million Americans applied for initial unemployment claims last week—the lowest level in eight weeks but still highly elevated in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus-Related Initial Claims Top 33.5 Million

The Labor Department yesterday reported an additional 3.17 million initial unemployment claims filed the week ending May 2, bringing total claims filed over the past seven weeks to 33.5 million.

Spring Initial Unemployment Claims Top 30 Million

Americans filed 3.8 million new unemployment claims last week, the Labor Department reported yesterday, bringing the six-week total to more than 30 million—nearly one-fifth of the entire U.S. workforce.

Another 5.2 Million Fill for Unemployment; 4-Week Total Rises to 22 Million

The Labor Department reported a seasonally adjusted 5.245 million people filed initial unemployment claims for the week of ending April 11, marking the fourth consecutive week of multi-million claims and bringing total claims filed in the past four weeks to more than 22 million.

Another Week for Record Unemployment Claims

The Labor Department yesterday reported a record 6.648 million Americans filed initial unemployment insurance claims last week, smashing the previous record set the previous week.