Dec 10, 2020 - Economy & Business

Weekly jobless claims surge to 853,000, highest since September

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About 853,000 Americans filed initial claims for unemployment insurance‌ last‌ week, up from 716,000 the week before and 123,000 more than economists had projected.

Why it matters: It's the highest number of new jobless claims since Sept. 19, per AP, and an indicator that labor market is heading in the wrong direction.

  • As of Nov. 21, more than 19 million Americans were still dependent on some type of unemployment aid.
  • The worrying trend comes as Congress remains deadlocked on stimulus negotiations.

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