Florida tops 87,000 jobless claims last week

The fragile US labour market recovery is faltering as a spike in COVID-19 infections in some parts of the country derails plans to reopen local and state economies

Another 1.4 million U.S. workers file for unemployment

Continued unemployment claims represent anyone who's filed for benefits a couple of times, so ODJFS has said they indicate whether people are going back to work after coronavirus shutdowns.

The new report also showed that the four-week moving average, a method to iron out data volatility, increased by 6,500 to 1.37 million.

As Republican and Democratic lawmakers continue to debate the extension of the extra 600 dollars unemployment benefits, which are set to expire Friday, House said the "stakes are high" with more than 30 million workers collecting unemployment insurance.

Initial unemployment claims decreased 1.7% July 19-25, compared with the previous week, the department reported Thursday.

The U.S. Commerce Department also said Thursday gross domestic product (GDP) dropped by 9.5 percent in the second quarter, which translates to annual rate of decline of 32.9 percent. The previous worst quarterly contraction, 10 percent, occurred in 1958.

The total number of initial jobless claims filed in OH over the last 19 weeks - 1,557,787 - was more than the combined total of those filed during the last three years.

Unemployment was highest for the week ending July 11 in Puerto Rico, Nevada, Hawaii, Louisiana and NY.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program provides 13 weeks of additional benefits to individuals who had previously exhausted their unemployment benefit since July 2019.

The theft of more than $44 million in federal funds meant for unemployed Pennsylvanians was thwarted by government agencies and banking institutions, the U.S. Attorney's office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced on Tuesday.

In addition, ODJFS has issued more than $4.7 billion in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments to more than 492,000 PUA claimants.

That includes about 8,813 Utahns who are self-employed or independent contractors who have been made eligible for benefits during the pandemic, DWS said.

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