(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) -- The number of new applications for unemployment benefits last week was 1.2 million, the Labor Department reported Thursday, marking the 20th straight week that claims have been over 1 million. It is also the lowest number of new claims since the pandemic hit the U.S.
Economists predicted that new claims would be 1.42 million.
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The weekly totals for workers claiming jobless benefits have been extremely high since the pandemic hit the United States. For comparison, weekly jobless claims pre-coronavirus were in the 200,000 range for the entire country. Now, California alone had over 244,000 initial claims for the week ending July 25.