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Younger Workers Take Growing Share of US Unemployment Insurance

Job seekers stand in line to enter a National Career Fair event in Edison.

Job seekers stand in line to enter a National Career Fair event in Edison.

Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

The share of young US workers filing for unemployment has surged during the pandemic.

Three years ago, almost half all beneficiaries were older than 45, a share that has now fallen to 45.8%, according to US labor Department data. Meanwhile, the percentage of workers younger than 35 claiming unemployment insurance jumped to more than 31% from about 28%.