The Labor Department said Thursday that another 898,000 people filed jobless claims last week, highlighting how new layoffs are persisting at historical highs more than six months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week’s initial unemployment claims tally also shows a concerning spike of more than 53,000 compared to the previous week’s revised figure.
The government also said the total number of people claiming state and federal unemployment benefits topped 25.2 million for the week ending Sept. 26. In comparison, 1.4 million people claimed benefits for the same week last year.
The level of new weekly unemployment claims has stagnated near the 850,000 mark for the past few weeks, a significant drop from when they peaked at 6.9 million in the last week of March. For context, the previous record for weekly unemployment claims was 695,000 in 1982 — a record that has been shattered for 30 straight weeks in 2020.
The DOL said the states that saw the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 3 were Florida, Illinois and Massachusetts. New Jersey, Kansas and Pennsylvania saw the largest decreases during that same time.
* The Illinois numbers are downright grim…
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 46,072 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of Oct. 8 in Illinois, according to the DOL’s weekly claims report released Thursday. […]
There were 36,267 new unemployment claims filed across the state the week of Sept. 28.
IDES reported 27,384 new unemployment claims across the state during the week of Sept. 7.
There were 25,478 new unemployment claims filed across the state the week of Aug. 31.
That’s an 81 percent increase since the week of Aug. 31.
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