ny unemployment insurance jobless insurance claims: 3,000 in first week of November, 5,000 through Sunday, 3,600 for Nov. 6, 2016
The National Unemployment Insurance system is facing a crisis of its own.
The government has said that the jobless rate will continue to rise as it tries to balance the books with its $7.4 trillion in emergency spending.
On Monday, the Labor Department said that unemployment insurance claims have reached 3,200, a significant increase from the 1,700 the government had previously reported.
The rate is higher than the 1.9 percent increase that occurred last month.
That is the first time the agency has reported a positive unemployment rate for November.
The Labor Department’s monthly report, which has been publicly available since April, says that 6.2 million people received benefits in November, up from 6.1 million the previous month.
The agency said that 6,500 people received unemployment insurance through their own state and the federal government has not provided the unemployment insurance information to the states, which are required to keep unemployment insurance rolls at a level sufficient to cover the unemployment.
“The unemployment rate has been at a very high level in the last couple of weeks and it is difficult to know where it’s going to end up,” said Jim Hall, a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning research organization.
On Monday, a coalition of business and consumer groups sent a letter to the Labor Secretary, Elaine Chao, urging her to use the monthly report to increase the unemployment rate.
The group, which includes the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, says the government has been withholding information from states and counties that might help gauge their own unemployment rates.
President Donald Trump has said he believes that the unemployment numbers are wrong.
On Friday, he told Fox News that the U.S. economy is stronger than the unemployment number suggests and that the government needs to be more transparent.
The president has previously called the unemployment figures a “hoax” and has suggested that he might raise the unemployment figure to 10 percent if it is lower than the 2.7 percent rate that economists are expecting.
The U.N. estimated that the labor force participation rate — the percentage of the population working or actively seeking work — dropped by more than a percentage point in November.
Economists at the New York Fed, which tracks unemployment data, say that the increase in the unemployment benefit claims is consistent with a downward trend.
They also point out that while the increase is positive, it does not reflect a sharp decline in the number of job openings that the federal unemployment insurance program is expected to generate.
The labor department has not yet provided a report on how many people received jobless benefits in the first week in November through Sunday.
The latest numbers for the week of Nov. 12 were published Monday.