Filings For Unemployment Benefits Rise As Coronavirus Hits Job Market

The coronavirus pandemic has closed businesses around the country as the government asks people to stay home. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images The coronavirus pandemic has closed businesses around the country as the government asks people to stay home. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images Updated at…

Filings For Unemployment Benefits Rise As Coronavirus Hits Job Market

The coronavirus pandemic has closed businesses around the country as the government asks people to stay home.

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The coronavirus pandemic has closed businesses around the country as the government asks people to stay home.

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Updated at 10:13 a.m. ET New claims for unemployment benefits climbed to 281,000 last week as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses and left people out of work, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the highest level since Sept. 2, 2017, when they totaled 299,000. That latest number, for the week ended last Saturday, was an increase of 70,000 from the prior week. But the numbers are expected to jump
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