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U.S. Unemployment Waves Keep Hitting With Millions More Claims

  • Sum of filings suggest unemployment rate may be around 20%
  • Applications decline from prior weeks in sign layoffs easing
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U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims at 4.43 Million, Steep Downturn for Labor Continues
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The tidal waves of unemployment filings across the U.S. showed only the barest signs of abating last week as more than 4 million people applied for benefits, bringing the five-week total during the coronavirus pandemic to 26.5 million.

Most states continued to see initial claims decline on an unadjusted basis, and several states did report decreases in layoffs for the prior week -- both signs that job losses are indeed slowing a bit. And government aid to small businesses could spur some employers to restore jobs in coming months.