By Vicki Needham - 09/23/10 03:37 PM EDT
The total number of people continuing to receive unemployment insurance fell by 48,000 in the week ended Sept. 11 to 4.48 million.
Those receiving extended benefits -- up to 99 weeks in some states -- who have exhausted their traditional benefits rose by 208,000 to 5.17 million in the week ended Sept. 4.
In all, 44 states and territories reported a decline in new jobless claims while nine reported an increase for the week ended Sept. 11
In August, the private sector added 67,000 jobs but overall employment dropped 54,000 -- and the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.6 percent -- as the federal government continued to let go of temporary census workers.