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U.S. Job Picture Worsens Amid Latest Surge in Coronavirus Cases

  • Census data show 4.5 million fewer Americans were working
  • More of the jobless are sick or caring for Covid-19 patients
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Fewer Americans said they were working as the latest wave of the coronavirus infections surge across the U.S., according to data released by the Census Bureau.

Back-to-back Household Pulse Surveys conducted from mid-October to early November showed that the number of employed Americans declined by about 4.5 million. The figures are a possible sign the labor-market rebound may be losing steam amid a Covid-19 resurgence.