Another 1.9 million U.S. workers filed for unemployment assistance last week, increasing the total number of jobless claims to 42.6 million, according to the Department of Labor.
Unemployment claims have surpassed the million mark for 11 consecutive weeks, a number the labor department had never recorded in a single week prior to the pandemic.
Although regular claims have fallen every week since the first-time claims peaked at 6.9 million in the last week of March, claims from May 24-30 were higher than economists predicted.
An additional 600,000 Americans filed for pandemic unemployment assistance last week, a 50% decrease from the 1.2 million PUA claimants the previous week.
Combining the regular and pandemic claims, 2.2 million Americans filed for first-time benefits last week.