Whereas on the lowest degree in 4 weeks, the brand new figures launched Thursday by the Labor Division are practically 4 instances greater than a yr in the past earlier than the coronavirus struck. Employers proceed to chop jobs as rising coronavirus infections hold many individuals at dwelling whereas state and native governments re-impose restrictions.
Jobless claims have been working round 225,000 per week earlier than the pandemic struck with power final March inflicting weekly jobless claims to surge to a excessive of 6.9 million in late March as efforts to comprise the virus despatched the economic system right into a deep recession.
The federal government mentioned that the full variety of folks receiving conventional unemployment advantages fell by 103,000 to five.2 million for the week ending Dec. 19 in comparison with the earlier week.
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