840,000 more workers filed for unemployment insurance last week

Another 840,000 Americans sought unemployment insurance last week, according to the latest report Thursday from the U.S. Department of Labor.



a person standing in front of a store: A woman checks her cell phone as she walks past a store closing sign in the Park Slope section of N.Y, Oct. 5, 2020.


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A woman checks her cell phone as she walks past a store closing sign in the Park Slope section of N.Y, Oct. 5, 2020.

This week’s claims do not include the most up-to-date data from California, which has temporarily stopped accepting new jobless claims in order to work through a backlog and implement fraud prevention technology, the Labor Department said. Instead, the figure from California will reflect the level reported during the week prior to the pause in new applications.

Still, the initial claims data reflect a labor market still suffering some six months into the coronavirus pandemic.

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