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U.S. Jobless Claims in Millions Again, Connecticut Corrects Data

  • Latest tally of 2.98 million brings virus sum to 36.5 million
  • Connecticut corrects figure to show about 270,000 fewer claims
An employee speaks with a customer at a restaurant in Las Vegas on May 9.
An employee speaks with a customer at a restaurant in Las Vegas on May 9.Photographer: Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg
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The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits remained in the millions for an eighth straight week as the economy continued to reel from the coronavirus pandemic.

Initial jobless claims in state programs totaled 2.98 million in the week ended May 9, Labor Department figures showed Thursday, following 3.18 million the prior week. Later in the day, however, Connecticut corrected its figure to show 29,846 claims, rather than the 298,680 shown in the federal report, indicating an error inflated the national figures.