Unemployment Claims Ease Despite Uptick in Coronavirus Cases

The number of people applying for jobless benefits trended down in recent weeks, suggesting the pace of layoffs eased despite a resurgence in new coronavirus cases and the return of some economic restrictions.

Weekly claims for new unemployment benefits fell below 800,000 in October for the first time in seven months. While that level remains high by historic measures, it is down sharply from a peak of nearly seven million in late March, when states first introduced lockdowns in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. The…

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