August 20, 2020

Weekly US jobless claims rise more than expected to 1.1 mn

Washington (AFP) – Just over 1.1 million people filed new claims for jobless benefits in the week ended August 15, the US Labor Department said Thursday, defying expectations for a more moderate rise.That was an increase of 135,000 from the week prior and brought new claims back above the one million mark, only the third time new applications have increased since the beginning of April in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.And new applications under the special pandemic program for those not normally eligible for¬†benefits also rose, increasing by more than 53,000, according to the rep…


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