The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits continues to rise as the economy moves into the holiday season.
Around 885,000 people filed their first jobless claims in the week leading up to December 12, the Ministry of Labor announced on Thursday. This figure, adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, corresponds to an increase of 23,000 compared to. It is the second week in a row that claims have increased compared to the previous week.
Another 455,000 people applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a special federal program for the self-employed, gig workers and others who are not entitled to traditional unemployment benefits.
Congress leaders are reportedlyThis could extend unemployment benefits for laid-off workers. Without such a deal, benefits for 12 million unemployed will expire later this month.
This is a developing story.