41 million have lost jobs since virus hit, but layoffs slow

U.S. UNEMPLOYMENT claims increased by 2.1 million last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/ELAINE THOMPSON
U.S. UNEMPLOYMENT claims increased by 2.1 million last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/ELAINE THOMPSON
WASHINGTON (AP) – Roughly 2.1 million people applied for United States unemployment benefits last week, a sign that companies are still slashing jobs in the face of a deep recession even as more businesses reopen and rehire some laid-off employees. About 41 million people have now applied for aid since the virus outbreak intensified in…

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