Application for unemployed benefits slightly less than week before


The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefit last week is expected to fall slightly. The United States Department of Labour reports 751,000 new applications, against a revised number of 791,000 a week earlier. Economists took into account a fall to 770,000 new applications.

In recent months tens of millions of people in the United States have been using the social safety net as a result of the coronacrisis. Because large companies have announced reorganisations, new applications continue to flow in. Employment in the US is also a hot potato in the election campaign between incumbent President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Since mid-March, the number of applications for benefits in the US has been above 1 million for months because of the coronacrisis. It was only in August that the number of applications dropped below that level for the first time in a week, but since then the decline has stopped.


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