787,000 new filings as COVID-19 rages on

American workers filed 787,000 applications for unemployment benefits last week, an unexpected drop as the coronavirus continued its deadly march across the country.

That means about 73.8 million initial jobless claims have been submitted since the COVID-19 pandemic started last March — a number equivalent to roughly 46 percent of the American workforce.

New filings fell slightly from the prior week’s revised total of 790,000 amid a grim spike in coronavirus…

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