July 23, 2020

US sees jobless claims rise again as lawmakers debate aid

Washington (AFP) – Newly unemployed Americans filed nearly 1.42 million claims for jobless benefits last week, reversing recent months of decline as the world’s largest economy grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases.The worse-than-expected Labor Department data comes as lawmakers in Washington debate whether to extend additional weekly payments made to unemployed people provided under the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in March as businesses shut down to stop the spread of COVID-19.Those closures prompted a spike in new weekly jobless benefit claims, which peaked at 6.9 million in late Mar…

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