Jobless claims jump more than expected to highest level since 2021

Posted on AllSides June 8th, 2023
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The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week surged to the highest level since 2021, evidence the historically tight labor market is softening in the face of rising interest rates.

Figures released Thursday by the Labor Department show initial claims for the week ended June 3 surged by 28,000 to 261,000, well above the 2019 pre-pandemic average of 218,000 claims. It marks the steepest level for jobless claims since October 2021. 

Continuing claims, filed by Americans who are consecutively receiving unemployment benefits, fell slightly to 1.76 million for the week ended May...

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