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First-time filings for unemployment insurance came in at 230,000 for the week ending Jan. 8, up from the prior week's 207,000, the Labor Department said in a report.
First-time filings for unemployment insurance fell to 198,000 for the week ending Dec. 25, the Labor Department said in a report.
The rebound in initial claims breaks an eight-week straight run of declines.
The labor force participation rate was unchanged at 61.6 percent in October and has remained within narrow range of 61.4 percent to 61.7 percent since June 2020.
The shift to software, machines, and contactless methods was already underway in certain segments pre-pandemic, and the health crisis simply spurred on the process.
The Fed's so-called Beige Book noted that the U.S. economy has been "dampened by a low supply of workers," partially due to vaccine mandates.
First-time filings for unemployment claims totaled 290,000 for that week ended on Oct. 16, reporting that the figure was down 6,000 from the previous week.
Procter & Gamble Co. said it would begin to charge more for oral care, beauty, and razors. Earlier this year, Procter & Gamble said it would charge more for toilet paper and diapers.
The claims decreased to 293,000 last week, as compared with 329,000 a week earlier, the agency said. The four-week moving average for unemployment claims fell to 334,250-the lowest since March 2020.
First-time filings for unemployment insurance-a proxy for layoffs-came in at 362,000 for the week ending on Sept. 25, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department said in a statement.
First-time filings for unemployment insurance-a proxy for layoffs-came in at 351,000 for the week ending Sept. 18, a rise of 16,000 from the previous week's revised level of 335,000.