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More Americans apply for unemployment benefits

A job opening sign in Schaumburg, Ill. Associated Press/Photo by Nam Y. Huh, file

More Americans apply for unemployment benefits

Initial jobless claims rose to 235,000 for the week ending July 2, the Department of Labor reported Thursday. That number is up by 4,000 from the previous week. The four-week average for new unemployment applications rose by only 750. The total number of people receiving unemployment benefits during the week ending June 25 is at about 1,375,000. Jobless claims currently are the highest they have been in six months. For months, they have hovered near lows set 50 years ago.

What about job opportunities? As of the last business day of May, employers posted 11.3 million job openings, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. That’s down from April’s number of 11.7 million, which was down from 11.9 million in March. High-profile companies such as Tesla and Netflix are announcing impending layoffs. Still, there are nearly two jobs for every unemployed person.

Dig deeper: Listen to Nick Eicher talk with David Bahnsen on The World and Everything in It podcast about how worker productivity has plunged.

Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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