The U.S. Department of Labor is reporting that an additional 406,000 Americans made their initial filing for unemployment benefits during the week ending on Saturday, May 22, 2021 — a decrease of 38,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level. This is the lowest level for this average of initial claims since March 14th, 2020, when it was 256,000. The 4-week moving average was 458,750 a decrease of 46,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment (known as continuing claims) during the week ending May 15, 2021 was 3,642,000 — a decrease of 96,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The 4-week moving average was 3,675,000 — a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6% for the week ending May 15, 2021, a decrease of 0.1% from the previous week’s unrevised rate.
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS