CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — The number of Americans filing for unemployment slightly dropped last week to 787,000, while the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is still felt across industries.
The latest figures released by the Labor Department Thursday show that the number of people filing for jobless benefits declined by 55,000 from the previous week.
The labor agency’s report also said that the number of people continuing to receive unemployment benefits fell to nearly 8.4 million, a decrease of over 1 million from the previous week.
Many jobless recipients are now receiving only regular state unemployment payments because a federal weekly supplement of $300 ended in nearly all states. And a $600-a-week federal benefit expired over the summer.
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.
California has resumed reporting its unemployment insurance claims after a two-week pause, which the Labor Department had noted would likely swing data reporting in the state and across the country.
The data reported Thursday accounts for California’s current week totals and revisions to the prior two weeks.