In total, 1,350,000 Americans were collecting jobless aid the week that ended March 12, another five-decade low.
Jobless claims fell by 15,000 to 214,000 for the week ending March 12, down from the previous week's 229,000.
“The American economy is very strong and well-positioned to handle tighter monetary policy," Fed chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday.
How much good news would it take for Joe Biden to shake his bad poll numbers? Probably more than this.
Lawmakers in more than a dozen GOP-led states say workers who refuse vaccines should be eligible for unemployment benefits.
A small pilot program will help layoff victims navigate the process of claiming benefits.
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose again last week, but still remained below the pre-pandemic average.
Jobless claims dropped by 71,000 to 199,000, the lowest since mid-November 1969. The drop was much bigger than economists expected.
The coronavirus pandemic is still roiling the economy as some workers hesitate to fill available jobs.
Democrats wanted to overhaul the unemployment system. Now, they're proposing setting bare minimum standards for states.