Little improvement in US jobless claims before vote

Washington (AFP) – New US jobless claim data released Thursday showed little improvement in the week before President Donald Trump stood for reelection against challenger Joe Biden, indicating widespread unemployment persists months after business shutdowns to stop Covid-19 began.The Labor Department reported 751,000 seasonally adjusted new applications filed in the week ended October 31, more than expected and essentially flat from the previous week’s upwardly revised rate.Jobless claims spiked into the millions beginning in March after businesses began shutting down to stop Covid-19 from spr…

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