A weekly report from the U.S. Department of Labor showed that number fell by about 3,000 compared to the prior week.
Nonetheless, the result was better than expected.
Alberta's unemployment rate dropped a full percentage point in August according to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada, but that number does not necessarily show a rebound, as the employment rate remained mostly unchanged.
The number of people who are on temporary layoffs has continued to decline. "We're looking at long-term unemployment as a huge issue". Employers have added back 10.6 million jobs in the past four months, less than half the 22 million that vanished in March and April.
A report from outplacement and coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas released Thursday outlined the scope of job cuts in the United States, showing a 231 percent surge compared to the same period of 2019, already surpassing the previous full-year record set in 2001.
The figure marked the fourth consecutive month of gains from COVID-19 related lockdowns this spring, bringing the number to within 1.1 million of pre-pandemic levels. And lawmakers in Congress have not been able to reach an agreement with the White House on an extension, despite lengthy negotiations. But the rate of hiring has slowed each month this summer, a signal that the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic may be losing steam.
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.
Canada's job market continues to recover, adding 245,800 jobs in August.
Also clouding the growth prospects, the trade deficit jumped 18.9% to a 12-year high of $63.6 billion in July, driven by a record surge in imports.