1.4 million seek jobless aid, first increase since March

CONGRESS has been unable to agree on whether to restore a weekly $600 federal payment to the unemployed that recently expired. Approximately 370,000 people have applied for unemployment payments in the state since March 9. / AP FILE PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of laid-off Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week for the first time since the pandemic struck in March, evidence of the deepening economic pain the outbreak is causing to the economy. The rise in weekly jobless claims to 1.4 million underscores the outsize role the unemployment insurance system is playing…

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