Unemployment benefit applications skyrocket in the US

15 minutes. The weekly number of applications for unemployment benefit in the United States (USA) rose to 965,000 last week, the highest since mid-August, compared to 787,000 in the previous. This was reported on Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor.

The average number of requests in 4 weeks, a measure that compensates for weekly variations, rose from 818,750 to 834,250 procedures.

In the week ending January 2, according to the government report, there were 5.27 million people who received this unemployment benefit in the US. On the other hand, the previous week they were 5.07 million.

The data exceeded the expectations of analysts. These calculated about 5.06 million beneficiaries.

The number of applications, which at the beginning of last year marked an average of 205,000 procedures, jumped to 6.8 million in the last week of March. Back then, the COVID-19 pandemic made its impact on the job market. From there, they had been gradually going down to just over 700,000 paperwork in November.

The resurgence of COVID-19 cases and the resumption of restrictions on commercial and educational activities brought the weekly figure to more than 800,000 filings in December. A month in which, traditionally, the economy requires more workers during the end of the year holidays.

The US reached a cumulative 23,047,409 cases of COVID-19 and 384,277 deaths this Wednesday, at a time when the pandemic is nonstop, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.

These figures correspond to 20:00 local time on Wednesday (01:00 GMT on Thursday).

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