Skip to content
Subscriber Only
Markets
Economics

U.S. Initial Unemployment Claims Rose Slightly Last Week

  • Jobless claims increased to 353,000 in week ended Aug. 21
  • Michigan, Texas and Virginia led states with biggest declines
A worker inspects structural steel beams at a facility in West Jordan, Utah.
A worker inspects structural steel beams at a facility in West Jordan, Utah.Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg
Updated on

Applications for U.S. state unemployment rose for the first time in five weeks as the labor market makes its way to a full recovery in fits and starts.

Initial unemployment claims in regular state programs totaled 353,000 in the week ended Aug. 21, up 4,000 from the prior week, though still near pandemic lows, Labor Department data showed Thursday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a slight increase to 350,000 new applications.