State’s New Unemployment Claims Lowest Since Pandemic’s Onset

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Last week, Michigan’s new unemployment filings were the lowest reported since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to data from the Associated Press, the state reported 14,462 new claims during the week of Aug. 3, down from early April’s reported 388,554 claims. Despite this pandemic-era low, last week’s unemployment filings still indicate a 240% increase compared to the same week last year.

This trend is also evident on a national scale with the number of unemployment aid applications dropping below 1 million last week for the first time since the pandemic began. The U.S. Labor Department noted this was the second consecutive drop in weekly applications.

View the progression of Michigan’s unemployment claims since January 2020.

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