New data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that another 1.5 million people filed for unemployment last week, marking the 14th straight week that unemployment claims topped 1 million. There are currently 19.5 million people collecting unemployment benefits, down from nearly 25 million last month. However, the decrease comes as the country is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, particularly in Western and Southern states. As of Thursday morning, Sarasota County reported 1,139 total COVID-19 cases and Manatee County reported 2,202.
According to the Labor Department, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 13 were in Oklahoma (7,254), Texas (5,047), New Jersey (3,272), New York (1,351) and Louisiana (1,243), while the largest decreases were in Florida (24,013), Maryland (18,188), Massachusetts (14,731), California (14,412) and Michigan (6,543).