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New claims for unemployment dip slightly, remain elevated

Initial jobless claims in regular state unemployment programs declined--on an adjusted basis--by 26,000 to 900,000 for the week ended January 16, the Labor Department announced today, January 21. On an unadjusted basis, initial claims for unemployment dropped by more than 151,000 to 960,668. Continuing claims in state programs--the number of people receiving ongoing jobless benefits--decreased by 127,000 to 5.05 million in the week ended January 9. In the week ended January 2 there were 3.03 million continuing claims for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which provides federal extended jobless benefits for those who have exhausted their regular state benefits

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