63K more jobless claims in New York as unemployment rate hardly improves

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About 63,000 New Yorkers first filed for unemployment insurance last week, as the national total of new jobless claims was over 1 million for the second week in a row.According to data released Thursday by the Federal Department of Labor, 31,000 New Yorkers have filed new claims for pandemic unemployment assistance, which provides unemployment benefits to entrepreneurs, on-demand workers and the self-employed. Both figures are roughly the same as the number of new claims reported a week earlier.

Continuing unemployment claims – counting the number of New Yorkers receiving unemployment benefits for at least two consecutive weeks – also stuck even with a previous week, with 2.7 million New Yorkers receiving some form of unemployment assistance. unemployment.

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