Jobless Claims at 837,000 as Companies Continue to Cut Ranks

The number of Americans applying for first-time jobless benefits held steady for a fifth straight week last week, a sign that the summer rebound in the labor market spurred by the reopening of businesses may be starting to fade.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that 837,000 Americans filed for first-time jobless benefits for the week ended Sept. 26, down from a revised 879,000 claims the week earlier. Economists polled by FactSet had been expecting claims of 850,000.

The number marks the fifth consecutive week of claims below 1 million since the pandemic shut down the U.S. economy in late March. However, analysts noted this continues to reflect a change in the way the Labor Department makes its seasonal adjustments, which applied for the first time to the last jobless claims report for August.

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