The number of new claims for weekly unemployment benefits in the United States continues its slow decrease in the face of the pandemic even though 1,542 million people were registered last week, according to figures released Thursday by the department of Labor.
This is in line with the expectations of analysts, who had forecast 1,525 million new claims for the week of 31 may to 6 June.
The previous week, 1,897 million Americans have pointed to unemployment, according to figures revised upward.
And 20.9 million people received unemployment benefits during the last week of may, down compared to the previous week, according to data also released on Thursday by the department of Labor.
This figure is published with a week of delay compared to the applications on a weekly basis.
The number of persons indemnified in early June is, however, that barely half of the 44.2 million Americans who pointed to unemployment since the beginning of the extensive containment in the United States in mid-march.
In fact, some have found a job since, and others could not receive an unemployment benefit. In addition, the rights to unemployment had been extended on a temporary basis to people with the COVID-19, or placed in quarantine, in the framework of the recovery plan of the economy adopted at the end of march by the administration to Trump and the Congress.
For example, 220 000 people were registered unemployed during the first week of June 2019, and fewer than 1.7 million earned an allowance.