New claims for state unemployment benefits totaled 881,000 for the week ending August 29 - down from the 1 million in the prior week, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
The 7,823 initial unemployment claims filed last week in Alabama marked a 9.8 percent decrease from the 8,676 initial claims filed in the week ending August 22, according to Labor Department data.
Thursday's report also revised up last week's claims by 5,000.
The recent expiration of a $600-a-week federal jobless benefit has deepened the difficulties for America´s unemployed. The number of claims is gradually returning to pre-pandemic levels but is still much higher than in any week of the global financial crisis.
The department said there are 13.3 million continuing claims, which lag initial claims by a week. But during the pandemic's unprecedented effect on the labor market they have added some noise to the data. That figure was up slightly from 64,100 continued claims the previous week.
A total of 29.2m people were on the dole in the week to Aug 15, the latest data available - an increase of 2.2m. Applications under the separate federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program - which targets the self-employed, gig workers and others who don't typically qualify for state programs - jumped by about 152,000 to 759,000.
The number of first-time unemployment claims in Maryland dipped last week to the lowest at any time during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 1 million initial claims were filed nationally the previous week.
According to a Reuters survey of economists nonfarm payrolls likely rose by 1.4 million jobs last month after increasing by 1.763 million in July.
Still, the auto and housing industries have made solid gains, bolstered by rock-bottom loan rates.
Ford is offering buyouts to try to shrink its USA white-collar workforce by 1,400. But in the bigger picture, there's "still quite a huge amount of people out there that are receiving benefits".
Homebase, a provider of scheduling software for small businesses, reports that small business hiring has flat-lined since June.
"I know that's not what someone wants to hear who wants their money now", Asaro-Angelo said at a press conference last week, noting the funds would come in a lump sum rather than weekly payment.