Unemployment claims increase as pandemic worsens

Nov 19, 2020
It's the first increase in five weeks and a sign that the resurgent viral outbreak is likely slowing the economy.
At least 15 states have tightened curbs on businesses to try to slow infections.
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Unemployment claims, still high, fall to lowest level since March

Nov 12, 2020
The figures coincide with a sharp resurgence in confirmed viral infections to an all-time high above 120,000 a day.
The still-elevated number of unemployment benefits applications shows that eight months after the pandemic flattened the economy, many employers are still slashing jobs.
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751,000 seek unemployment aid; layoffs still up amid virus resurgence

Nov 5, 2020
Eight months after the pandemic flattened the economy, weekly jobless claims still point to a stream of layoffs.
A surge in viral cases and Congress’ failure so far to provide more aid for struggling individuals and businesses are threatening to deepen Americans’ economic pain.
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Unemployment claims fall to 751,000, lowest since March

Oct 29, 2020
But rising confirmed virus cases in nearly every state, along with a cutoff in federal aid, are threatening to weaken the economy.
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New jobless claims are down, but unemployment benefits are, too

Oct 22, 2020
Expiring federal and state relief benefits are taking billions of dollars a week out of the economy.
Tens of millions of Americans are still out of work, and their unemployment benefits are running out.
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Unemployment claims drop to 787,000, but layoffs remain high

Oct 22, 2020
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 787,000, a sign that job losses may have eased slightly but are still running at historically high levels. With confirmed infections having neared 60,000 in the past week, the highest level since July, many consumers have been unable or reluctant to shop, travel, dine […]
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Weekly unemployment claims inch up to 898,000

Oct 15, 2020
It's another week of evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery.
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Layoffs are still way up as 840,000 seek unemployment aid

Oct 8, 2020
The latest sign of a flagging recovery comes two days after President Donald Trump cut off talks over a new rescue aid package.
Thursday’s report from the Labor Department said the number of people who are continuing to receive unemployment benefits dropped 1 million to 11 million.
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Layoffs are still up, as another 837,000 seek unemployment benefits

Oct 1, 2020
The Labor Department’s report suggests that companies are still cutting a historically high number of jobs.
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