Jobless data show economic pain as Trump eyes US reopening

Washington (AFP) – Brutal weekly unemployment numbers underscored the coronavirus pandemic’s continued ability to destroy jobs in the United States, bringing the total to 36.5 million in two months as President Donald Trump and his allies pushed to reopen the world’s largest economy.About 2.98 million people filed fresh claims for unemployment benefits in the week ended May 9, the Labor Department said — a decrease from weeks prior but well above what analysts expected and still higher than any week prior to the pandemic.The grim figures brought total job losses since the business shutdown be…

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