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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Our Tuesday was nothing short of chilly, gloomy, gray and wintry throughout the Tri-State; afternoon high temperatures only reached as high as the middle to low 30s throughout the region. Our peak temperature of 32° in Evansville was 16° below the norm for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, cloud cover and cool air will linger - additionally, there have been reports of sporadic flurries on and off throughout the day and some portions in the Lower Ohio Valley may continue to see brief snow showers through 10 o’clock this evening. Our winds will shift southward overnight tonight into early Wednesday morning and while it won’t necessarily drive temperatures higher for the predawn hours, It will help keep temperatures from falling much further than where they currently stand. Extract the morning low temperature near 29° in Evansville as we kick off our midweek.
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