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Unemployment claims fall to 712,000 as pace of layoffs eases

Mar 11, 2021
It's evidence fewer employers are cutting jobs amid a decline in confirmed coronavirus cases and signs of an improving economy.
Though the job market has been slowly strengthening, many businesses remain under pressure, and 9.6 million jobs remain lost to the pandemic that flattened the economy 12 months ago.
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Unemployment claims tick back up yet again

Mar 4, 2021
That's despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving.
The number of people applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000.
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After nearly a year, weekly unemployment claims remain high

Mar 4, 2021
These persistently high jobless claims indicate a lot of labor market volatility.
Every week since the pandemic shutdowns started in March 2020, there have been more new unemployment claims filed than in any single week during the Great Recession.
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Unemployment claims still above 700,000

Feb 25, 2021
It's the lowest figure since late November for weekly jobless claims, but the labor market isn't making much progress.
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Unemployment claims jump to 861,000

Feb 18, 2021
The job market has stalled, with employers having added a mere 49,000 jobs in January after cutting workers in December.
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Unemployment claims drop but remain historically high

Jan 28, 2021
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell but remained at a historically high 847,000 last week.
Before the virus hit the United States hard last March, weekly applications for jobless aid had never topped 700,000.
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Big jump in unemployment benefit claims from gig workers

Jan 21, 2021
More people are relying on gig work, which puts a lot of risk on the workers themselves.
An Uber driver participates in a car rally calling for basic employment rights in August 2020 in Los Angeles.
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Unemployment claims dip to 900,000

Jan 21, 2021
The data underscores that President Joe Biden has inherited an economy that faltered this winter as virus cases spiked.
A person walks by a store displaying a sale sign on Jan. 8, 2021 in New York City.
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