Weekly Unemployment Claims Rises Above One Million Last Week

The rise in the claims ends two straight weeks of declines for those filing for unemployment nationwide

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 7:57 AM
Updated: Aug 20, 2020 8:00 AM

After two straight weeks of decline, the number of those filing for unemployment has gone back up.

The U.S. Department of Labor has released Thursday morning that, for the week ending August 15, the number of initial claims was 1.1 million.  This is an increase of 135,000 from the previous week, when the number dropped below one-million for the first time since April.

According to the Labor Department, the total number of people claming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 1 was over 28 million.

Both Kentucky and Indiana saw increases from last week.  In Indiana, over a thousand people more filed for unemployment from the previous week, with 11,750 Hoosiers filing initial claims last week.  Kentucky also saw a rise of over 500 Kentuckians from the previous week, with 18,004 residents filing initial claims.

Illinois saw a decrease of close to one-thousand residents filing initial claims from the previous week, with 21,956 filing last week.

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