Unemployment Claims Fall to New Pandemic Low

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer November 4, 2021
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​States reported that 269,000 workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending October 30, the lowest level during the pandemic era. New claims are down significantly from earlier this year and are closing in on their 2019 weekly average of just over 200,000.

The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell by 134,000 to 2.1 million, the lowest level since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. By comparison, continuing claims had averaged 1.6 million throughout 2019.

The U.S. labor market showed renewed momentum last month, as the Delta wave of the pandemic recedes. Employers added 571,000 private-sector jobs in October, according to the ADP National Employment Report, released yesterday.

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