Initial unemployment supports a slight decline in North Carolina

North Carolina’s initial jobless claims showed a slight downward trend last week.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Thursday that the state had 12,591 requests for the week ending September 19. The number is slightly down from the revised 13,437 the previous week.

Since the start of the pandemic, the highest weekly total of claims for unemployment insurance in North Carolina was 172,745. This was for the week ending March 28th.

Across the nation, 870,000 initial applications were submitted last week. For comparison, the nationwide weekly peak was 6.87 million claims for the week ending March 28.

The numbers were released Thursday by the United States Department of Labor.

Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group, said unemployment “remains a huge problem for the US economy.”

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