United States Department of Labor
More than $63 billion has been paid out improperly through fraud or errors, according to the Labor Department inspector general’s office.
It's a reversal from the Trump administration, which encouraged states to yank benefits from work refusers.
Last week’s total dropped from 812,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday, and is the lowest in two months.
At the same time, the unemployment rate stayed at 6.7%, the first time it hasn't fallen since April.
The latest figure shows that many employers are still cutting jobs as the pandemic tightens business restrictions and leads many consumers to stay home.
Before the coronavirus erupted in March, weekly jobless claims had typically numbered only about 225,000.
Recovery is stalling as the multi-trillion-dollar aid package that Congress approved in the spring has largely run its course.
The Biden White House could reverse Trump's new regulation for H-2A visas after taking over, but it's likely to be a time-consuming process.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000.
A lot of people are losing their jobs, but there are problems with the data.