COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

Number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to 860,000, but before the pandemic the number signing up for jobless aid had never exceeded 700,000.

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September 17, 2020 - 10:10 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak. 

Before the pandemic hit the economy, the number signing up for jobless aid had never exceeded 700,000 in a week, even during the depths of the 2007-2009 Great Recession. Now they’ve topped 700,000 for 26 straight weeks. 

The Labor Department said today that U.S. jobless claims fell by 33,000 from the previous week and that 12.6 million are collecting traditional unemployment benefits, compared with just 1.7 million a year ago.

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