The U.S. Department of Labor is reporting that an additional 473,000 Americans made their initial filing for unemployment benefits during the week ending on Saturday, May 8, 2021 — a decrease of 34,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for this average of initial claims since March 14, 2020, when it was 256,000. The 4-week moving average was 534,000, a decrease of 28,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment, known as continuing claims during the week ending May 1, 2021 was 3,655,000, a decrease of 45,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The 4-week moving average was 3,665,000, a decrease of 13,250 from the previous week’s revised average. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since March 28, 2020, when it was 3,611,750. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6% for the week ending May 1, 2021, a decrease of 0.1% from the previous week’s revised rate.
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS