U.S. weekly unemployment insurance claims rise to 229,000 (2024)

New applications for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits rose 8,000 for the week ending Jun. 1 to a seasonally adjusted 229,000. The previous week’s figure was revised up by 2,000 to 221,000. The four-week moving average as of Jun. 1 decreased 750 from the previous week’s revised average to 222,250.

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, increased 2,000 from the previous week’s revised number to a seasonally adjusted 1.792 million for the week ending May 25. 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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