Another 709,000 Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week on a seasonally adjusted basis.
The labor department reported those official numbers Thursday.
There were also nearly 300,000 new pandemic unemployment assistance filings. That program gives benefits to those who aren’t eligible for normal state aid such as people who are self-employed.
If you include that number, first-time claims stood at one million last week, not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations.
It comes as the nation’s job market recovery slows down.
Many people have gone back to work, but millions still aren’t employed.
Continued jobless claims, which count people who have filed for benefits for at least two weeks in a row, was 6.8 million last week.