This Thursday morning’s initial and continued jobless claims continue the trend of “less awful” numbers that resumed last week.
New jobless claims, which fell to under 1,000,000 for the first time on an unadjusted basis last week, declined about 150,000 further to 831,856 (red in the graph below), and on an adjusted basis (blue) declined to 963,000, the first time since the pandemic that number was also under 1 million:
Continuing claims, on both an un-adjusted (red), and seasonally adjusted (blue) basis, also made new pandemic lows under 16 million, at roughly 15.2 million and 15.5 million respectively:
All of these remain at far worse levels than even at their worst during the Great Recession, as shown below in the seasonally adjusted numbers (initial claims, dark blue; continuing claims, light blue):
On both an adjusted basis, initial claims peaked at roughly 650,000 during the Great Recession, while their non-adjusted peak came during January, when there is typically a big spike, at roughly 950,000. Continuing claims peaked at roughly 6.5 million on both an adjusted and unadjusted basis, so claims now are roughly 2.5 times that peak.
This is progress, so it’s “good” news and a positive short leading indicator for the economy, but of course, as I have said many times over the past few months, on an absolute basis it is really just “less awful.”
why bother filing for unemployment if the coronavirus unemployment relief benefits have expired?
Not sure where you live, $362 max a week in skin flint Michigan and $480/ week in Ohio; but then, Michigan is better than Ohio so they tell me. Good till December. You would not apply for it?
i imagine Michigan & Ohio are pretty generous on that account, Run, with their long pro-labor histories…but i’ve read several stories over the years on how many states, mostly in the south, have set up hoops one has to jump thru to get on the rolls….if your state is deliberately making it difficult to be considered for compensation, that could be discouraging…
anyhow, my off-the-wall question was more rhetorical than indicative of what would be a decision making process on the part of someone unemployed, as i was wondering how much the expiration of those stimulus program benefits impacts claims….recent blog posts from the Economic Policy Institute, which i get on my feedreader, seem to indicate serious harm is being done…
Serious harm is being done and Repubs and Dems went on vacation.