Initial Unemployment Claims Rise in Massachusetts Last Week

Ruben Fields
August 2, 2020

The Labor Department reports over 96 percent of those claims have been processed thus far. There were 6,764 filed from individuals who work and live in Iowa and 677 filed from those who work in Iowa but live in another state.

The four-week rolling average also decreased, falling by 3% to 5,193 new initial claims a week.

As a reminder, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments of $600 per week, made possible by the federal CARES Act, expired July 25.

The coronavirus caused the US economy to shrink 32.9 percent in the quarter from April through June, a record for a single quarter, according to a report released Thursday.

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Across the USA, another 1.4 million Americans filed new unemployment claims during the week ending July 12, an increase of 12,000 over the previous week, according to the Department of Labor. The previous worst quarterly contraction, 10 percent, occurred in 1958.

Initial jobless claims rose for a second consecutive week in the United States, with the grim employment data following hot on the heels of a record contraction in the economy as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic deepens, government statistics show. Talks were underway in Congress and the White House to achieve some kind of stop-gap federal unemployment supplement ahead of the expiration, with Democrats hoping to continue the $600 payments and Republicans vying to push it down to $200, eventually replacing it with payments that, combined with state unemployment, would come out to roughly 70 percent of a person's income.

The theft of more than $44 million in federal funds meant for unemployed Pennsylvanians was thwarted by government agencies and banking institutions, the U.S. Attorney's office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced on Tuesday.

Continued UI claims decreased for the sixth week in a row, decreasing 8,235. New unemployment claims peaked at a state-record 272,188 during the week ending March 28.

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