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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall Slightly, Though Remain Near 1 Million

  • Applications for state benefits declined to 900,000 last week
  • Resurgent virus continues to delay job market recovery
A worker prepares dry cleaned clothes for pickup in New York.
A worker prepares dry cleaned clothes for pickup in New York.Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg
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Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell only slightly last week and remained elevated, signaling heightened pandemic-related strain in the U.S. labor market just as Joe Biden begins his first days as president.

Initial jobless claims in regular state programs declined by 26,000 to 900,000 in the week ended Jan. 16, according to Labor Department data Thursday. On an unadjusted basis, the figure dropped by more than 151,000 to 960,668.