965,000 filed amid pressure from COVID-19

American workers filed 965,000 applications for unemployment benefits last week — an unexpected surge as the coronavirus kept the labor market under pressure, the feds said Thursday.

The latest batch of initial jobless claims brought the total reported during the COVID-19 pandemic to nearly 74.8 million — a number larger than the populations of Canada and Saudi Arabia combined.

New filings spiked from the prior week’s revised total of 784,000 amid the latest round…

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