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States still reporting surge in virus-related jobless claims


March 20, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some states on Friday continued to report huge spikes in new claims for unemployment benefits after a week of widespread business closures as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.

The figures provided to Associated Press reporters provide a more up-to-date look at joblessness than the official weekly unemployment report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

That federal report showed more than 250,00 new unemployment claims were filed nationwide during the week that ended last Saturday, an increase of 25% over the previous week.


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