New Unemployment Claims Tick Up, Ongoing Claims Continue to Fall

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer March 4, 2021
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​States reported that 745,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Feb. 27, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits continues to fall however, dropping by 124,000 to 4.3 million.

About 18 million people are receiving some type of unemployment aid. That includes 11.7 million people enrolled in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program for gig workers and the self-employed and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which offers an additional 24 weeks of benefits. The U.S. Senate is debating legislation this week that would extend those programs beyond their current March 14 expiration date.

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