CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — About 840,000 people filed for unemployment benefits last week, according to the latest data from the U.S. Labor Department.
The department released the new figures Thursday, showing a drop of roughly 9,000 filed claims from the previous week.
Thursday’s report from the Labor Department said the number of people who are continuing to receive unemployment benefits dropped 1 million to 11 million.
The weekly count of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has become less reliable as some states have increased their efforts to root out fraudulent claims and process earlier applications that have piled up.
The Labor Department specifically notes the impact of the state of California’s two-week pause on its processing of unemployment claims.
The federal agency said the pause “will likely result in significant week to week swings in initial claims in California and the nation.”