898,000 filed last week amid COVID-19 crisis

Some 898,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus pandemic kept the labor market in a chokehold, the feds said Thursday.

The latest figure brought the seasonally adjusted number of initial jobless claims filed during the COVID-19 crisis to roughly 64.5 million — a total larger than the combined populations of California and Florida.

Last week’s filings reported by the US Department of Labor surged from the prior week’s revised total of 845,000…

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