By Thomas Catenacci
Daily Caller News Foundation
The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims fell to 348,000 last week as the economy continues its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics figure released Thursday represented a sharp decrease in the number of new jobless claims compared to the week ending Aug. 7, when 377,000 new jobless claims were reported. That number was revised up from the 375,000 jobless claims initially reported last week.
Economists predicted the figure to come in at 365,000 on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“The data we’re seeing shows that while certain consumer areas may be starting to cool, activity does remain solid and labor demand remains extremely strong,” Morgan Stanley economist Robert Rosener told the WSJ.
An estimated 11.7 million Americans continue to collect unemployment benefits nationwide, Thursday’s report showed.
Thursday’s figure represented the lowest number of jobless claims filed since March 14, 2020, the Department of Labor said. Jobless claims skyrocketed from 256,000 to 2,923,000 during the week ending March 21, 2020.
Since mid-April, initial claims have steadily dropped and have hit multiple pandemic lows, according to government data. Between the week ending May 1 and the week ending June 5, jobless claims declined fr