US weekly jobless claims decline again, hitting new pandemic low
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Washington (AFP) – New filings for US unemployment benefits declined again last week, hitting their lowest level since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The 547,000 new seasonally adjusted filings reported in the week ended April 17 were better than analysts expected and 39,000 fewer than the previous week’s upwardly revised figure, and came as vaccination campaigns offer hope for a return to normalcy in the world’s largest economy. Another 133,319 people, not seasonally adjusted, made new claims under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program for freelance…

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