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Weekly claims for unemployment benefit rise to 332,000

Washington, Sep 16 (EFE News) .- The weekly number of applications for unemployment benefits in the United States rose to 332,000 last week, compared with 312,000 in the previous week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, in English) reported Thursday. ).

The four-week request average, a measure that compensates for weekly ups and downs, fell to 335,750, compared to 340,000 in the prior week.

The BLS report indicated that the week ending September 4 there were 2.66 million people receiving this benefit, compared to an average of 2.85 million until the previous week.

The number of formalities initiated weekly to obtain this benefit jumped to the unprecedented figure of 6.8 million in the last week of March 2020, when the covid-19 pandemic impacted the labor market, and has been declining with ups and downs since then.

In August, the general unemployment rate stood at 5.2% of the labor force, two tenths less than in the previous month.

(c) EFE Agency

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