DENVER -- The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported Thursday that regular initial unemployment claims were more than 6,000 for the third straight week.

There were 6,450 regular initial unemployment claims and 16,417 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims filed during the week ending Aug. 22. 

CDLE reported $67.2 million in regular unemployment was paid out that week.

A total of 269,964 continued claims were filed for the week ending Aug. 15. That includes 179,790 from regular unemployment, 79,038 from PUA and 11,218 from Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

Since mid-March, 536,782 regular unemployment initial claims have been filed and a total of 736,108 claims, including federal PUA benefits.

Just more than 1 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the coronavirus outbreak continues to threaten jobs even as the housing market, auto sales and other segments of the economy rebound from a springtime collapse.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of people seeking jobless aid last week dropped by 98,000 from 1.1 million the week before. The number of initial claims has exceeded 1 million most weeks since late March. Before the coronavirus pandemic, they never topped 700,000 in a week.

More than 14.5 million are collecting traditional jobless benefits -- up from 1.7 million a year ago -- a sign that many American families are depending on unemployment checks to keep them afloat. 

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