In Massachusetts, more than 24,500 individuals filed new unemployment claims, up about 1,800 from the previous week. Nearly 11,000 more sought benefits under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which provides aid for gig workers, independent contractors, and others who are not eligible for standard state unemployment.
There were about 320,200 people getting Massachusetts benefits last week, a drop of 9.6 percent.
Overall jobless aid has shrunk in recent weeks even as roughly 25 million people rely upon it. The loss of that income is likely to weaken spending and the economy in the coming months.
A $600-a-week federal check that Congress provided in last spring’s economic aid package was available to the unemployed in addition to each state’s jobless benefit. But the $600 benefit expired at the end of July. A $300 weekly benefit that President Donald Trump offered through an executive order lasted only through mid-September, although some