NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Another 2.1 million first time jobless claims were filed last week. It is the smallest number of new unemployment claims since the coronavirus shutdown took over America.
The number of continuing claims, those who filed for at least two weeks in a row, stands at 21 million, giving a better sense of the amount remain impacted by the pandemic. Economists say that decline could be attributed to cities starting to reopen certain business and rehire employees.
Overall, the past 10 weeks have seen more than 40 million people file for initial unemployment claims.
A total of 1.19 million filed claims through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program last week, CNBC said.