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Unemployment claims back up again

Apr 8, 2021
And a total of 18.2 million people were receiving some form of jobless aid the week of March 20.
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Some industries still have a long way to go to recover from the pandemic

Apr 6, 2021
But in the public sector, and especially education, jobs may come back soon because of money in the latest COVID relief package.
The industries that have the furthest to go are ones you'd maybe expect: leisure and hospitality, accommodations, food services and restaurants.
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Employers add 916,000 jobs in March as hiring picks up

Apr 2, 2021
The March increase — the most since August — was nearly double February’s gain of 468,000.
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Unemployment claims rise back above 700,000

Apr 1, 2021
That signals many employers are still cutting jobs even as more businesses reopen, more vaccines go out and federal aid spreads.
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Unemployment claims hit lowest level since pandemic began

Mar 25, 2021
Still, a total of 18.9 million people are continuing to collect jobless benefits, up from 18.2 million in the previous week.
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As state unemployment trust funds empty, employers face soaring taxes

Mar 24, 2021
States are scrambling to raise money — and changing their unemployment systems in other ways.
Owner Chris Knudson at Well 80 Brewhouse in Olympia, Washington. Knudson just started broadcasting Well 80’s weekly Tuesday Trivia Night live on the brewpub’s big-screen TVs for in-person diners, after holding the event virtually via Zoom for the past year during the pandemic.
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As restaurants and bars reopen, some find workers are scarce

Mar 19, 2021
With warmer weather in some places and more people getting vaccinated, the industry is preparing to serve more patrons.
Despite new hiring, the restaurant industry has a long way to go, says Erica Groshen, a senior economic adviser at Cornell University.
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Unemployment claims rise to 770,000 with layoffs still high

Mar 18, 2021
The four-week average of claims, which smooths out weekly variations, dropped to 746,000, the lowest since late November.
About 18.2 million Americans were receiving some form of jobless aid in the week of Feb. 27, down by 1.9 million from the week before.
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With unemployment high, why can't companies find the workers they need?

Mar 17, 2021
There are many theories, including unemployment benefits being too high, a skills mismatch and low wages.
Businesses could attract more workers if they raised wages, one expert says. According to the National Federation Independent Business, that's starting to happen.
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Asian Americans disproportionately hit by long-term unemployment, study says

Mar 16, 2021
In the fourth quarter of 2020, nearly half of Asian Americans who were unemployed had been out of work for more than six months.
Racism and discrimination have compounded the economic harm many Asian Americans are facing.
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