712,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, slightly less than the market expected. Economists were looking for 725,000. The previous week was revised higher by 9,000. Take note: 712,000 is (basically) tied for the lowest weekly print of the pandemic era. That, as Joe Biden's relief plan is over the finish line, with stimulus checks poised to start hitting bank accounts within days. The legislation extended the $300 per week federal unemployment supplement through September.