Initial requests for unemployment benefits in the United States reached 1,106 million applications in the week that ended on August 15, after 963,000 had been registered in the previous seven days, according to data published this Thursday by the Labor Department. from the United States.
Until then, weekly layoffs in the US had exceeded one million for 21 consecutive weeks as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, reaching more than 6 million weekly applications for unemployment assistance in the last weeks of last March. .
“The Covid-19 virus continues to impact the number of applications for unemployment benefits,” explained the Department of Labor.
The number of unemployed recipients of the unemployment benefit in the week that ended on August 8, meanwhile, did maintain the downward trend, standing at 14.84 million beneficiaries, compared to 15.486 million the previous week .