New applications for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits fell 13,000 for the week ending September 2 to a seasonally adjusted 216,000. The previous week’s figure was revised up by 1,000 to 229,000. The four-week moving average as of September 2 fell 8,500 from the previous week’s revised average to 229,250.
The number of continuing unemployment insurance claims, which refers to the number of unemployed workers who filed for benefits at least two weeks ago and are actively receiving unemployment benefits, fell 40,000 from the previous week’s unrevised number to a seasonally adjusted 1.679 million for the week ending August 26. Reporting for continuing claims lags one week.
Unemployment insurance is a joint federal and state program that provides temporary monetary benefits to eligible laid-off workers who are actively seeking new employment. Qualifying individuals receive unemployment compensation as a percentage of their lost wages in the form of weekly cash benefits while they search for new employment.
The federal government oversees the general administration of state unemployment insurance programs. The states control the specific features of their unemployment insurance programs, such as eligibility requirements and length of benefits.
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