While new jobless claims fell below 1 million for the first time in 21 weeks, we're still a long way away from a "good" economy.
The decline suggests that layoffs are slowing, though last week’s figure is still above the pre-pandemic record of just under 700,000.
Calling on states to implement new unemployment programs, as Trump's action has done, may not be practical.
It's evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as the weekly federal jobless payment has expired.
The issue has big implications for workers' access to safety net benefits that have become crucial during the pandemic.
There is no federal standard for unemployment benefits, so states create their own rules.
Yale research says there were a lot of reasons people did not go back to work that were more important, like lack of child care or the fear of getting COVID-19.
Two workers share how the pandemic has changed their month-to-month finances.