New Unemployment Claims Drop Below 1 Million

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer September 3, 2020
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States reported that 881,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Aug. 29, the first full month after the $600 per week enhancement for unemployment expired. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell to 13.2 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May, indicating a slowly improving labor market. Another 13.5 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment. New applications for unemployment benefits are still well above the pre-pandemic levels of about 200,000 claims per week.

Employers added 428,000 jobs in August, led by the leisure and hospitality sector, according to a monthly tally from ADP. That's significantly below the 1.1 million estimate from economists. The monthly employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is projected to show a gain of 1.3 million jobs for August. It will be released Friday.

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