Washington and Spokane County see most new jobless claims since March

Washington and Spokane County see most new jobless claims since March

What's more, continuing claims - including those made by people who have filed for benefits for at least two weeks in a row - still hold above 6 million (6.7 million claims, precisely).

The number of Americans applying for state unemployment benefits inched down last week to the lowest level since March but still remained significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels. That's an increase of 605 claims, or 0.3%, over the previous week. Most economists expected about 730,000 new applications.

As of Thursday afternoon the State of OH reported there have been 259,499 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14,958 probable ones for a total of 274,457, including 21,558 hospitalizations, of which 4,143 have been ICU admissions.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs - state and federal combined - for the week ending October 24 declined by 374,179 yet remained elevated at 21.16 million, indicating the pandemic's severe disruption of the labour market.

At one point 6.9 million Americans filed jobless claims in a single week.

Pa. almost finished with election counting - no recount expected
Existing Pennsylvania law states that voters have up to six days after the election to cure issues with a ballot, such as a lack of identification.

Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday threatened to again shut down bars, restaurants, and fitness centers next week if the number of new coronavirus cases keeps going up.

Illinois' estimated claims were among 709,000 total filed across the country last week. The accommodation and food services sector filed 2,745 new claims, and health care and social assistance filed 2,360.

Director of Communications with the Tennessee Depart of Labor and Workforce Chris Cannon said in the last six weeks claims have gone from 125,000 unemployment claims to just over 58,000 as of 11/12/2020.

Since the pandemic started, ODJFS has distributed more than $7.2 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 839,000 Ohioans.

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