by Thomas Catenacci
The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims decreased to 860,000 last week as the economy continues to suffer the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to the Department of Labor.
Economists surveyed by Dow Jones expected Thursday’s jobless claims number to come in around 875,000, CNBC reported. New jobless claims fell below 1 million in the first week of August, marking the first time the weekly claims were below 1 million since March.
“Don’t be fooled by seasonally adjusted first-time jobless claims remaining below 1 million for the second consecutive week,” Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist for MUFG Union Bank, said in a note Sept. 11, according to Yahoo Finance.
He continued: “The labor market may not be sinking but it sure isn’t getting any better either.”
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that interest rates will be kept low for “some time,” according to CNBC. He added that the economy is recovering at a pace faster than expected, NBC News reported.
Meanwhile, Capitol Hill negotiations on a second coronavirus stimulus package have stalled, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she wanted the House to stay in session until a deal was reached while President Donald Trump urged Republicans to reach a deal Wednesday.
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Thomas Catenacci is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “Unemployment Insurance Claims Office” by Bytemarks. CC BY 2.0.