Some 1.4 million The number of people who signed up for work last week is 12,000 from the revised level of the previous week, which was the first increase in 16 weeks.
On an unadjusted basis, 1.2 million people made primary claims, a decrease of 171,000 from the previous week. Seasonal adjustments are traditionally used to smooth the data, but this tended to have the opposite effect during a pandemic.
The permanent entitlements, which count workers who applied for at least two weeks in a row, reached 17 million for the week ending July 18, up 867,000 from the previous week̵7;s revised level. These seasonally adjusted receivables peaked at almost 25 million in May.