Meanwhile, 288,701 workers filed for benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which provides aid for workers like the self-employed and contractors. This number is not adjusted for seasonality.
Added together, 1 million Americans filed initial benefit claims on an unadjusted basis last week.
Continued jobless claims stood at 5.5 million.
On top of that, millions of people may not be receiving the full unemployment payments they are owed, GAO said.
Economists and lawmakers have relied on jobless claims data throughout the pandemic because its weekly release schedule is the closest to real-time economic data.
This is a developing story. It will be updated