Unemployment Rises Slightly

By Staff Writer January 15, 2021

In the week ending Jan. 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 965,000, an increase of 181,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 3,000 from 787,000 to 784,000. The four-week moving average was 834,250, an increase of 18,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 2,750 from 818,750 to 816,000.

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, commenting this week on the December 2020 Employment Situation report, stated that while the economy continues to recover generally, certain sectors and states still struggle.

“The 140,000 jobs lost in December were driven principally by the loss of 498,000 jobs in leisure and hospitality; data from the Restaurant Law Center shows that in the reporting period, six states (Washington, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Oregon) reduced indoor dining occupancy to zero,” Scalia said. “Fortunately, Congress finally enacted additional coronavirus relief at the end of December. The new $300 a week federal (unemployment payment), combined with state unemployment benefits, will replace on average more than 90 percent of wages in leisure and hospitality jobs.

“Meanwhile, employment grew in December in six of the nine major industrial sectors that had significant changes, including manufacturing and retail.”

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