Pennsylvania’s unemployment claims drop an additional 11% according to latest labor report

PITTSBURGH — An estimated 22,048 unemployment claims were filed in Pennsylvania last week, about 2,800 fewer claims, or a decrease of more than 11%, from the revised total of 24,833 claims filed in the week before, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor. As of the week ending on Aug. 29, an estimated 585,000 Pennsylvanians were receiving weekly unemployment benefits, an increase of more than 24,000 from the previous week’s figure of more than 561,000 people.

The latest report showed the lowest number of claims filed since the pandemic began. More than 404,000 were filed during the week ending on April 4, the highest number of claims ever filed on record. Before the pandemic reached Pennsylvania, the commonwealth averaged between 12,000 to 15,000 unemployment claims filed every week.

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