State unemployment claims elevated final week.


The weekly number was around 402,000, 37,000 more than the previous week. New applications for pandemic unemployment benefits, a federally funded program for unemployed freelancers, gig workers, and others normally not eligible for government benefits, totaled 118,000, 47,000 more than the previous week. The figures are not seasonally adjusted. (On a seasonally adjusted basis, government entitlements totaled 412,000, an increase of 37,000.)