Nearly 1.5 million workers file new unemployment claims

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Published Thursday, June 25, 2020
by Dan McCaleb | The Center Square

(The Center Square) - Nearly 1.5 million American workers filed new unemployment claims last week as the number of new coronavirus cases surged in a number of states as testing also increases.

The 1.48 million claims filed in the week ending June 20 was down about 60,000 from the previous week's adjusted level, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

In the 14 weeks since states issued stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19, more than 47 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits. Millions have since gone back to work as states allowed businesses deemed non-essential early on during the pandemic have been allowed to reopen under certain conditions.

Continuing claims totaled 19.52 million in the week ending June 13 for an unemployment rate of 13.4 percent. That's down 0.5 percent from the week prior, according to the department of labor.

The number of new claims has dropped for 12 consecutive weeks, but they remain well above pre-pandemic levels.

California once again led all states in new claims, with 287,354 last week. Georgia saw 124,283 new claims last week, the second highest in the country. may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. Prices, when displayed, are accurate at the time of publication but may change over time. Commissions do not influence editorial independence.