1.9 million seek jobless aid even as reopenings slow layoffs

UNEMPLOYMENT FILINGS in the U.S. totaled 1.9 million last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/WILFREDO LEE
WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearly 1.9 million people applied for United States unemployment benefits last week, the ninth straight decline since applications spiked in mid-March, a sign that the gradual reopening of businesses has slowed the loss of jobs. The diminishing pace suggests that the job market meltdown that was triggered by the coronavirus may have…

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