The number of Americans applying for unemployment assistance rose slightly in the last week of August.

About 833,400 people applied for first-time unemployment aid in the week ending August 29, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s an increase of about 7,600 from the previous week, not accounting for seasonal adjustments.

Another 759,000 applied for a special program for self-employed workers called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. That figure rose 151,000 from the week before.


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