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U.S. Jobless Claims Hit Four-Week High in Fresh Labor Setback

Feb. 18, 2021, 3:02 PM

Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance jumped to a four-week high, indicating the labor market is suffering fresh setbacks even as the coronavirus pandemic shows signs of ebbing.

Initial jobless claims in regular state programs totaled 861,000 in the week ended Feb. 13, up 13,000 from the prior week, Labor Department data showed Thursday. Last week’s report had originally shown a decrease but was revised up to show a 36,000 increase.

Continuing claims -- an approximation of the number of people filing for ongoing state benefits -- declined by 64,000 to 4.49 million in the week ended Feb. 6.

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