Labor Department Updates Unemployment Numbers

Roughly 32.5 million out of work

The Labor Department released updated statistics on the unemployment rate in the United States, giving additional insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to affect the economy. Last week, 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits, revealing that Americans are continuing to lose jobs amid states beginning to reopen after strict stay-at-home orders. 

The total number of those receiving aid did drop slightly holding steady at roughly 13.3% of the U.S. workforce. In total, economists estimate that roughly 32.5 million people are now out of work. Part of the increase in those seeking unemployment benefits is due to those who are self-employed or contract employees who became eligible for aid for the first time at the end of May.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Labor Department to accurately measure the state of the U.S. workforce.
  • That the Trump Administration would have wisdom on how to bring Americans back to work.
  • For Congress to work with the White House to bring about meaningful recovery to those affected by the pandemic.

Sources: AP, CNN, NPR


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