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The number of initial claims has exceeded 1 million most weeks since late March.
The decline suggests that layoffs are slowing, though last week’s figure is still above the pre-pandemic record of just under 700,000.
It's evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as the weekly federal jobless payment has expired.
The rise in weekly jobless claims to 1.4 million underscores the outsize role the unemployment insurance system is playing as a safety net.
More than 1.3 million laid-off workers sought unemployment benefits last week amid resurgent viral outbreak
The number of laid-off workers seeking jobless aid is stuck at a historically high level.
The six states that have had to reverse business reopenings make up one-third of the economy.
It's the 12th straight drop in first-time claims, a sign that layoffs are slowing but still at a high level.
About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week.
Rehiring may be offsetting some of the layoffs, but unemployment is still excessively high.