The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs -- state and federal combined -- for the week ending September 5 also declined 3.7 million to 26 million.
US employers added 1.4 million jobs in August, while the unemployment rate dropped to 8.4 per cent, according to earlier data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics.
The country still has 11 million unemployed people, out of the 22 million who were laid off in March and April amid the crippling Covid-19 shutdowns.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently said the level of unemployment is probably 3 per cent higher than the official data, considering people who are misidentified as employed and the declined labour force participation.
The median projection for the unemployment rate is 7.6 per cent at the end of this year, and 4 per cent by the end of 2023, according to the Fed's latest economic projections.
This is still above the historic low of 3.5 per cent the country experienced before the Covid-19 pandemic.
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