In Indiana, 12,732 people filed initial unemployment claims in the week ended Dec. 26, up from an adjusted number of 12,234 the previous week.
The coronavirus relief bill adds an additional $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits for individuals for another 11 weeks.
If Trump does not sign the $900 billion stimulus package, 12 million Americans will lose unemployment aid after Christmas.
The latest figure, released Wednesday by the Labor Department, shows that many employers are still cutting jobs as the pandemic tightens business restrictions and leads many consumers to stay home.
However, Indiana’s labor-force participation rate drooped from 63.1% in October to 62.9% in November. The rate indicates the percentage of all people of working age who are employed or are actively seeking work.
The state received $2.4 billion earlier this year from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was established in the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act. The funding must be used for pandemic-related expenses incurred before Dec. 30.
America’s employers added 245,000 jobs in November, the fewest since April and the fifth straight monthly slowdown, the Labor Department said Friday.
Texas, Michigan and Georgia. Illinois, Oregon and Indiana reported the largest increases in filings during the holiday week.
The Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan auditing agency that works for Congress, was unsparing about the problems with unemployment statistics, as part of a lengthy report that looked at the country’s response to the coronavirus.
In Indiana, 20,454 people filed initial unemployment claims in the week ended Nov. 21, up from an adjusted number of 15,422 the previous week. Prior to the pandemic, the state was typically seeing fewer than 3,000 claims per week.
Indiana’s unemployment rate has been doggedly retracing its steps in recent months from 16.9% in April, when the pandemic paralyzed sections of the economy.
Initial jobless claims also ticked up in Indiana. Analysts say the worsening pandemic and the arrival of cold weather could accelerate layoffs in the weeks ahead.
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week ,to 709,000, a still-high level but the lowest figure since March and a further sign that the job market might be slowly healing.
The forecast holds out hope for positive economic growth in the second half of 2021 in Indiana, but it assumes the state will either remain at Stage 5 of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s reopening plan or operate under even fewer restrictions.
The U.S. economy has recovered two-thirds of the ground it lost during the first half of the year, and yet has a long way to go and remains vulnerable, economists said.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell by 7,000 last week, to 751,000, continuing a slow decline but remaining at a still-historically high level.
Indiana also experienced a weekly decrease in initial jobless claims, according to Labor Department data released Thursday.
The pace of Indiana’s steadily improving unemployment rate slowed considerably in September. Meanwhile, the state’s labor force participation rate and private employment numbers dropped.
More than 10 million Americans will lose their employer-sponsored health insurance this year as a result of a pandemic-related job loss in their household.
The September jobs report coincides with other data that suggests that while the economic picture may be improving, the gains have slowed since summer.