At the same time, the indicator is still close to the lowest level since the beginning of the pandemic.
The number of initial applications for unemployment benefits in the United States increased last week. Still, it remained near the lowest level in a year and a half in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Ministry of Labor reported this.
A total of 332,000 applications were submitted, which is 20,000 more than the revised figure for the week before last.
The increase in the indicator is partly because heavy rains caused by Hurricane Ida caused serious damage to the economy of the southern state of Louisiana.
At the same time, the number of applications for the past month was the lowest since the pandemic swept the United States in March 2020.
However, it still exceeds the 2019 average of 218,000.