New weekly unemployment filings remain elevated at 884,000

New weekly unemployment filings remain elevated at 884,000
changed the methodology it used to seasonally adjust the data. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique the Bureau of Labor Statistics employs to remove the influence of predictable seasonal patterns — such as major holidays and back-to-school schedules — on the data. The changes come as the pandemic has upended nearly all predictable seasonal patterns.The Labor Department also said Thursday that the total number of people claiming unemployment benefits through all programs topped 29.6 million for the week ending Aug. 22.

The states that saw the largest increase in initial jobless claims for the week ending Aug. 29 were California (an uptick of 22,647), Texas (a rise of 4,521) and Louisiana (a spike of 3,662). The states that saw the largest decreases were Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

The national unemployment rate was 8.4% in August. A huge chunk of the August job gains, however, were temporary hires in the government sector for the 2020 Census.

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