Unemployment benefits in the US, reach their lowest level since the pandemic arrived

Weekly requests for unemployment benefits In the United States, they fell again in mid-October, to reach a new low since the beginning of the pandemic, a sign that the economy is leaving behind the turbulence caused by Covid-19.

Between October 10 and 17, 290,000 people filed for unemployment benefits, 6,000 fewer than the previous week, according to data released Thursday by the work Department.

Requests had fallen back below 300,000 last week for the first time since March 2020. The data was revised up a bit, to 296,000.

In mid-March 2020, just before the first measures were applied to halt the advance of the pandemic, 256,000 applications had been registered, while in the same period of 2019 there were 220,000.

The number of people receiving unemployment benefits fell to 3.2 million at the end of September, down 369,992 from the previous week, according to official data released Thursday.

Almost 24 million people were receiving benefits at the same time last year.

Employers have difficulty filling vacancies, especially for the lowest paid positions, as some three million people have left the workforce since the start of the pandemic.


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