1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

NEARLY 1.2 MILLION AMERICANS filed for unemployment benefits last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/ NAM Y. HUH
WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired. The Labor Department’s report Thursday marked the 20th straight week that at least 1 million people have sought jobless…

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