Another 1.4 Million People File for Unemployment Benefits

For the first time in nearly four months, the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits went up.

The Labor Department reported another 1.4 million people sought jobless aid last week.

That spike comes just days before an extra $600 a week jobless benefit is set to expire.

But the Labor Department says total number of people receiving jobless benefits fell by about a million to 16.2 million.

Thousands of Michiganders continue to file for first time unemployment benefits each week.

Nearly 22,000 new unemployment claims were filed in the state last week.

That’s about 6,000 less than the previous week’s total, which was just under 28,000.

Statewide unemployment claims are far below the peak number of claims filed, which came the week of April 4.

That’s when more than 388,000 people in Michigan filed for unemployment benefits.

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