Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims are now at their lowest level since that program was initiated.
For the week ended March 27, PUA, which provides benefits to the self-employed and gig workers, saw just 746 initial claims. That is 2,227 fewer claims than were filed the previous week.
In addition continuing PUA claims decreased more than 17 percent to 58,548.
Meanwhile, regular unemployment saw a 52.8 percent increase in initial claims to 11,677.
Continued regular claims, however, decreased by 1,216 to 70,509. That is down by just 1.7 percent and officials at the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation say continued claims have been pretty much flat for six weeks now.
The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program also saw a decrease with 98,706 claims, down 8,350 from the previous week. PEUC provides benefits to those who have used up their regular benefits.