The number of Americans filing for first-time jobless benefits expectedly rose last week | Continuing claims jumped to 2.845M

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The Labor Department said Thursday that 351,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits in the week ended Sept. 18, an increase from the previous week’s upwardly revised 320,000 filings.

  • About 11.25 million Americans received some form of unemployment assistance, a drop of more than 856,000 from the prior week. More than 26.6 million Americans filed for benefits during the comparable week in 2020. 
  • “For those ready to return to work following a period of displacement or unemployment, there are a record number of open jobs awaiting,” Giamo said. 
  • There were 10.9 million jobs open in July, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey released earlier this month. 
  • The increase in continuing claims came a week after the expiration of $300 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits. 

SOURCE: FOXBUSINESS

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