The Unemployment Claims Monitor provides data on initial and continued claims for unemployment insurance as well as claimants' demographic data. We also report data on claimants in the Short-Time Compensation (Workshare), Extended Benefits, State Additional Benefits, Federal Employee, and Ex-Service Member programs. We will update the tool every Thursday morning to reflect the U.S. Department of Labor's most recent weekly unemployment insurance claims report and the most recent data available in the U.S. Department of Labor's ETA 539 "Weekly Claims and Extended Benefits Trigger Data" file. See "About the Data," located below the tool, for detailed definitions of these categories of claims and data sources.
Unemployment insurance claims have typically been available only to traditional W-2 employees who work for a wage, also known as "covered" employees. The Unemployment Claims Monitor also presents data on Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a new program created by the CARES Act that expanded coverage to include other workers not previously eligible, including contract, 1099, or gig workers.