Data Points: Jobless Claims

The number of people filing for unemployment benefits is the highest since September 2001.

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  • 516,000: Number of first-time filings for unemployment benefits in the week that ended November 8
  • 484,000: Number of first-time filings for unemployment benefits in the week that ended November 1
  • 338,000: Last year, number of jobless filings in week corresponding to most recent week
  • 3,897,000: Number of Americans who had been collecting unemployment benefits for one week or more during the week that ended November 1 (an increase of 65,000 from the previous week)
  • 2,587,000: At this time last year, number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits

(Figures are seasonally adjusted)

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, CNN