For the 13th consecutive week initial unemployment claims topped the 1.5 million mark. 

Initial Claims 1980-Present

Initial Unemployment Claims 1980-Present 2020-06-18

To put things into proper perspective, initial unemployment claims never topped the 1 million mark before Covid-19.

Now we have had 13 consecutive weeks in which claims topped 1.5 million.

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The econoday consensus estimate for claims was 1.22 million.

For many weeks the number of claims have topped the Econoday consensus. 

Things are improving, but much slower than expected.

Mish