Another 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment
More than 2 million Americans filed for jobless aid in the latest week, the Labor Department said Thursday, showing that the effects of coronavirus closures linger even as the labor market bounces back.
Of that number, some 1.5 million filed for state unemployment insurance benefits, while another 700,000 requested Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a new federal program for self-employed and gig workers.
The number of workers getting aid remains at historic levels. Nearly 21 million people are receiving weekly unemployment benefits, while 9.7 million self-employed workers are receiving assistance.