On top of that, 426,856 workers filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a program designed to provide aid to those not eligible for regular state benefits, such as gig workers. PUA claims are not adjusted for seasonal swings.
Together, first-time claims stood at 1.3 million without seasonal adjustments.
Continued jobless claims, which count workers who have applied for benefits at least two weeks in a row, fell slightly to 4.8 million.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.