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.