Weekly Jobless Claims Total 881,000, 950,000 Estimated

New filings for jobless claims totaled 881,000 last week, better than estimates as the employment market continued its gradual progress during the coronavirus pandemic recovery.

Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for a total of 950,000.

The number reflects an improving labor market as well as a change in methodology from the Labor Department to address seasonal factors. Unique circumstances associated with the coronavirus likely caused jobless claims totals to be overstated during the pandemic.

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