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Two years ago, more than 4 million people filed for benefits in a single week. This year, the number's around 180,000.
Nearly half of American workers are looking for a new job or plan to in the next year. One-third are ready to quit without a new job lined up.
Analysts say businesses are under pressure and economic confidence has suffered.
Weekly unemployment claims are still hovering at the lowest level we've seen since 1969.
With more than 18 million still on unemployment, caution remains the watchword.
The federal government is funding 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits after state payments run out, but getting them can take extra effort.
In parts of the South Bronx, the unemployment rate was estimated to be nearly 30% in August. Nationwide, it's a little less than 8%.
For many of those who have now gone months without a paycheck or unemployment, things are dire.
The adjustments smooth out predictable changes in employment, but the pandemic economy has broken them.
Let’s do the numbers … but with more context.