US unemployment claims fall to 376,000, drops for sixth straight week

Jobs Data To Show Whether Worker Shortages Still Slow Hiring
Tony Dejak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the sixth straight week as the U.S. economy reopens rapidly after being held back for months by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that jobless claims fell by 9,000 to 376,000 from 385,000 the week before.

The number of people signing up for benefits exceeded 900,000 in early January and has fallen more or less steadily ever since.

Still, claims are high by historic standards. Before the pandemic brought economic activity to a near-standstill in March 2020, weekly applications were regularly coming in below 220,000.