New US jobless claims almost flat at 840,000

Washington (AFP) – New applications for US jobless benefits were barely changed last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, as the economy continues to struggle in its recovery from the coronavirus shutdowns earlier this year.There were a 840,000 new claims filed in the week ended October 3, a drop of 9,000 from the previous week’s level, which was revised up to 849,000, according to the seasonally adjusted data.Another 464,437 people, not seasonally adjusted, filed under a special program implemented amid the pandemic for workers who would not normally qualify for aid, a drop of more than …

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