More than 900,000 Americans applied for first-time unemployment last week, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
The new figures show the unemployment numbers remain high, nearly four times higher than the pre-pandemic level.
But below the peak of nearly 7 million that was reached, when the first stay-at-home orders were issued back in March.
The number of people who continue to receive unemployment benefits fell by about 127,000.
In total - almost 70-million Americans have filed for unemployment during the pandemic. That’s roughly 40 percent of the country's workforce.