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But in the public sector, and especially education, jobs may come back soon because of money in the latest COVID relief package.
The March increase — the most since August — was nearly double February’s gain of 468,000.
Still, a total of 18.9 million people are continuing to collect jobless benefits, up from 18.2 million in the previous week.
States are scrambling to raise money — and changing their unemployment systems in other ways.
With warmer weather in some places and more people getting vaccinated, the industry is preparing to serve more patrons.
The four-week average of claims, which smooths out weekly variations, dropped to 746,000, the lowest since late November.
There are many theories, including unemployment benefits being too high, a skills mismatch and low wages.
In the fourth quarter of 2020, nearly half of Asian Americans who were unemployed had been out of work for more than six months.