1.5 million more laid-off workers seek unemployment benefits

U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS totaled 1.5 million last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/ELAINE THOMPSON
WASHINGTON (AP) – About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for United States unemployment benefits last week, a historically high number, even as the economy increasingly reopens and employers bring some people back to work. The latest figure from the Labor Department marked the 11th straight weekly decline in applications since they peaked at nearly 7…

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