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US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/us-jobless-claims-plunge-576k-847d7a5ef85bea2cbbfcce0866595084Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/us-jobless-claims-plunge-576k-847d7a5ef85bea2cbbfcce0866595084Click to copyRelated topicsWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to 576,000, a post-COVID low and a hopeful sign that layoffs are easing as the economy recovers from the pandemic recession. The Labor Department by 193,000 from a revised 769,000 a week earlier. Jobless claims are now down sharply from a peak of 900,000 in early...

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Anticipation is building for a boom in US hiring this year

Anticipation is building for a boom in US hiring this year

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/technology-business-pandemics-coronavirus-pandemic-7fb625eacadc17dc03fb5353e3143200Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/technology-business-pandemics-coronavirus-pandemic-7fb625eacadc17dc03fb5353e3143200Click to copyRelated topicsWASHINGTON (AP) — With hopes rising for a powerful rebound in hiring this year, Friday’s jobs report for March will provide crucial insight into whether those rosy expectations may prove true.The most optimistic economists are predicting that the government will report that as many as 1 million jobs were added in...

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US jobless claims fall to 684,000, fewest since pandemic

US jobless claims fall to 684,000, fewest since pandemic

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/pandemics-jobless-claims-unemployment-coronavirus-pandemic-economy-75c27fd877d7a07ba2be1bba59cd82caClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/pandemics-jobless-claims-unemployment-coronavirus-pandemic-economy-75c27fd877d7a07ba2be1bba59cd82caClick to copyRelated topicsWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to 684,000, the fewest since the pandemic erupted a year ago and a sign that the economy is improving. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department showed that jobless claims fell from 781,000...

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Biden directive expands jobless aid to more unemployed

Biden directive expands jobless aid to more unemployed

Sign Inperson_outlinesearchmenuSign Inperson_outlineclose This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. To orderpresentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distributionto colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire aboutpermissions/licensing, please go to: WASHINGTON - Unemployed Americans who have turned down job offers because they feared their prospective employers weren’t providing sufficient protection from the coronavirus would qualify for jobless aid under a directive the Labor Department issued Thursday.The measure would also expand a federal...

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US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/us-jobless-claims-730k-64da7cdf1b086486cfc018a7d914e62cClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/us-jobless-claims-730k-64da7cdf1b086486cfc018a7d914e62cClick to copyRelated topicsWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week in a sign that layoffs may have eased, though applications for aid remain at a historically high level.Jobless claims declined by 111,000 from the previous week to a seasonally adjusted 730,000, the . It is the lowest figure since late November and the sharpest one-week decline...

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US jobless claims rise to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

US jobless claims rise to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/us-jobless-claims-rise-861k-0892fb985df8bb747f27f8910cf023f4Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/us-jobless-claims-rise-861k-0892fb985df8bb747f27f8910cf023f4Click to copyRelated topicsWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully high despite a steady drop in the number of confirmed viral infections.Applications from laid-off workers rose 13,000 from the previous week, which was revised sharply higher, the . Before the virus erupted in the United...

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US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/ap-top-news-jobless-claims-unemployment-coronavirus-pandemic-layoffs-a0931717c499fbb6861a2d4e2dcb78a8Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/ap-top-news-jobless-claims-unemployment-coronavirus-pandemic-layoffs-a0931717c499fbb6861a2d4e2dcb78a8Click to copyRelated topicsWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and a sign that the resurgent virus has likely escalated layoffs.The latest figures for jobless claims, issued , remain at levels never seen until the virus...

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US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/ap-top-news-jobless-claims-unemployment-coronavirus-pandemic-layoffs-a0931717c499fbb6861a2d4e2dcb78a8Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/ap-top-news-jobless-claims-unemployment-coronavirus-pandemic-layoffs-a0931717c499fbb6861a2d4e2dcb78a8Click to copyRelated topicsWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and a sign that the resurgent virus has likely escalated layoffs.The latest figures for jobless claims, issued , remain at levels never seen until the virus...

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US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/business-unemployment-coronavirus-pandemic-economy-c230d911f7b5f80bd6cc50bc3291e92dClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/business-unemployment-coronavirus-pandemic-economy-c230d911f7b5f80bd6cc50bc3291e92dClick to copyRelated topicsWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly last week to 787,000, a historically high number that points to a weak job market held back by the viral pandemic. Thursday’s , a slight decline from the previous week, shows that even with the pandemic recession in its 10th month, many...

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Desperate for workers, US restaurants and stores raise pay

Desperate for workers, US restaurants and stores raise pay

U.S. restaurants and stores are rapidly raising pay in an urgent effort to attract more applicants and keep up with a flood of customers as the pandemic eases. McDonald’s, Sheetz and Chipotle are just some of the latest companies to follow Amazon, Walmart and Costco in boosting wages, in some cases to $15 an hour or higher. The pay gains are, of course, a boon to these employees. Restaurants, bars, hotels and stores remain the lowest-paying industries, and many of their workers ran the risk of contracting COVID-19 on the job over the past year while white-collar employees were able to...

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