Initial Claims Persist at Disconcerting Rate

Initial claims for unemployment insurance ticked back up last week, the Labor Department reported yesterday—another indicator of just how persistent economic conditions have been since the coronavirus hit this past winter and spring.

Unemployment Claims Fall Back Under 1 Million—With an Asterisk

Initial claims for unemployment fell under one million last week for just the second time since March, but the change largely reflected a change in methodology by the Labor Department and remain elevated by historical standards.

Initial Claims Dip But Hold Above 1 Million

Initial unemployment claims for the week ending Aug. 22 fell slightly from last week but remained above one million, as the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic continues to prove difficult.

Unemployment Insurance Claims Jump Back Above 1 Million

Americans filing initial unemployment claims jumped back above one million for the week ending Aug. 15, the Labor Department said, suggesting a more difficult climb out of the economic hole triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Initial Claims Rise for 2nd Straight Week

After improving—relatively speaking—through most of the spring, initial claims backslid for the second consecutive week, the Labor Department reported yesterday.

After Several Months of Declines, Insurance Claims Tick Up

Since hitting a record 6.9 million at the end of March, initial claims have fallen, albeit gradually, for the past 15 weeks. That streak ended last week: the Labor Department reported 1.4 million new claims for the week ending July 14, up by 109,000 from the previous week.