U.S weekly jobless claims unexpectedly increased to 373,000 as job growth slows


July 9, 2021: -Initial filings for unemployment insurance unexpectedly increased in the previous week. A possible hint that the rapid job growth seen in the first half of 2021 could face hurdles in the months ahead, the Labor Department reported Thursday. First-time jobless claims totalled 373,000 for the week ended July 3, compared with the 350,000 Dow Jones estimate. 

The last week’s level was revised up by 7,000 from 364,000 to 371,000.The level of continuing claims, the measure of ongoing benefits, decreased to 3.34 million, down 145,000 from the previous week’s revised level.

Despite the uptick in first-time applicants, the decreased number of continuing claims represented the lowest level for insured unemployment since March 2020.

 The four-week moving average for continuing claims, which smooths weekly volatility, fell by 44,500 to 3.44 million, also the lowest since March 2020.

The jobless claims report came less than a week after the government published its much-anticipated June 2021 jobs report, the latest iteration in its monthly updates on the broader U.S. labor market.

Though that report showed nonfarm employers added a better-than-expected 850,000 last month, it also revealed that the U.S. unemployment rate ticked higher to 5.9% compared with the 5.6% estimate.

According to data that runs two weeks behind, all programs’ total benefits fell by 449,642 to 14.2 million.

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