The Labor Department on Thursday said that 1.3 million Americans filed first-time jobless claim last week. Additionally, the Labor Department reported more than 920,000 Americans filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in 47 states. Factoring in the PUA filings, Economic Policy Institute's Heidi Shierholz notes this was the 17th consecutive week that more than twice as many Americans have filed for unemployment insurance as did during the Great Recession's worst week. Shierholz notes that the 1.3 million claims figure does not count the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims. During the Great Recession, the most jobless claims filed in one week was 665,000 in March 2009. Over the course of the past 17 weeks, more than 50 million Americans have filed for unemployment.

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