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US Weekly Jobless Claims Increase More Than Expected

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US Weekly Jobless Claims Increase More Than Expected


WASHINGTON—The number of Americans filing first-time applications for unemployment benefits surged last week, confirming a weakening in labor market conditions as a worsening COVID-19 pandemic disrupts operations at restaurants and other businesses. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits totaled a seasonally adjusted 965,000 for the week ended Jan. 9, compared to 784,000 in the prior week, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast 795,000 applications in the latest week. Claims were also likely lifted by reapplications for benefits following the government’s renewal of a $300 unemployment supplement until March 14 as part of nearly $900 billion in additional relief approved at the end of December. Government-funded programs for the self-employed, gig workers and others who do not qualify for the state unemployment programs as well as those who have exhausted their benefits were also extended. Authorities in many states have banned indoor dining to slow …

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