Last week’s new jobless claims brought the total number of claims filed since the mid-March to 47.3 million.
Continued regular jobless claims, which count people who have filed for unemployment benefits for at least two weeks in a row, stood at 19.5 million, down from 20.3 million in the week before.
On top of that, continued pandemic claims stood at more than 11 million across 46 states. That’s up nearly 1.7 million from the prior week. The pandemic program will expire at the end of the year.
Adding up traditional and pandemic benefits, as well as pandemic emergency unemployment compensation benefits, more than 30.5 million Americans claims jobless aid in the first week of June.
Lawmakers created the latter program to provide those who have exhausted their benefits with an additional 13 weeks of payments. It also expires at the end of 2020.