The number of new applications for unemployment benefits rose 898,000 last week, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.
Forecasters had projected 825,000 new jobless claims.
In addition to claims for regular benefits, more than 370,000 workers filed new claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which provides for unemployment insurance for people sidelined by the epidemic who normally wouldn’t be eligible for regular benefits, such as gig workers whose business dried up. Combining both regular and PUA claims, over roughly 1.3 million jobless workers filed for relief last week.
There is also the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program that extends