While the August U.S. employment report likely provided little impetus inside Washington to arrive at a compromise on another round of fiscal aid, the initial jobless claims report for the week ending Sept. 5 provided a stark contrast on domestic employment dynamics.
With federal protections for the employed expiring on Sept. 30, the clock is ticking on another round of painful labor data heading into October.
With permanent job losses increasing and federal protections for the employed linked to the CARES Act expiring on Sept. 30, the clock is ticking on another round of painful labor data heading into October.
First-time initial jobless claims increased by 884,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis, higher than the 850,000 anticipated, and by 857,000 on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, according to data released by the Labor Department on Thursday.
Including first-time claims for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which jumped to 837,916 from 747,993, total claims arrived at 1.722 million for the week.
Continuing claims for the week ending Aug. 29 increased to 13.3 million, which implies an insured unemployment rate of 9.2% on a seasonally adjusted rate and 9% on a non-seasonally adjusted rate.
Through the week ending Aug. 22, there were 29.6 million people on some form of unemployment insurance. Since the onset of the pandemic in March, there have been 60.4 million individual new claims for unemployment insurance.
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