Washington state jobless claims and unemployment rate fall

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 22, 2020

Another 740,000 USA workers have filed for new unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said in its weekly report Thursday.

Wall Street Journal assistant editorial page editor James Freeman, FOX Business' Dagen McDowell, EmployBridge chief workforce analyst Joanie Courtney, FreedomWorks economist Steve Moore, Wall Street Journal senior writer Jon Hilsenrath, FOX Business' Charles Payne and Fox News contributor Brian Brenberg on the October jobs report. It listed the unemployment rate at 4.3%. Still, it's well below the peak of almost 7 million in late March, when states first implemented lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

That represented a 33.2% drop from the 25,201 claims that the state had reported a week earlier and which it later acknowledged had been inflated by federal rules requiring some existing claimants to file new claims.

Secondary unemployment claims, or those which were not being filed for the first time, did continue falling at a steady clip, dropping by 429,000 to 6.37m. The decline suggests that employers are calling their workers back.

More than four and a half people in the state were unemployed last month, which marked the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

The rise in this week's figure comes amid a new surge in virus cases across the nation.

This is a developing story.

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