First-time filings for unemployment insurance totaled 2.44 million last week, about in line with economist estimates.
That brings the total filings during the coronavirus pandemic to 38.6 million.
First-time filings for unemployment insurance totaled 2.44 million last week as the tail effects of the coronavirus shutdown continued to impact the U.S. jobs market.
Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for 2.4 million claims.
In addition, a review from last week brought the number down substantially, from 2.98 million to 2.69 million. In the nine weeks since the coronavirus-induced lockdown has closed large parts of the U.S. economy, some 38.6 million workers have filed claims.