Unemployment claims proceed to indicate labor market progress.

The weekly determine was about 425,000, a rise of 6,000 from the earlier week. New claims for Pandemic Unemployment Help, a federally funded program for jobless freelancers, gig staff and others who don’t ordinarily qualify for state advantages, totaled 76,000, a decline of 17,000 from the prior week. The figures usually are not seasonally adjusted. (On a seasonally adjusted foundation, state claims totaled 385,000, a decline of 20,000.)

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