Another 1.4 Million People Filed for Unemployment Last Week
According to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor, another 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week. The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 20 were in California (43,070), Maryland (9,099), Florida (7,535), New Jersey (6,589) and Indiana (5,314), while the largest decreases were in Oklahoma (26,166), Kentucky (12,804), Oregon (8,371), Georgia (6,272) and New York (6,119).
The Department of Labor also reported that the U.S. added 4.8 million jobs in June, bringing the unemployment rate to 11.1 percent—down from a high of 14.7 percent in April. But, the Labor Department said, although unemployment fell in May and June, the jobless rate and the number of unemployed are up by 7.6 percentage points and 12 million people—higher than any previous period since World War II. And June's report was compiled in the middle of the month, before COVID-19 cases began rising again in multiple states, including Florida, which shattered its single-day case record on Thursday.