U.S. jobless claims at 870,000 as fraud and backlogs cloud data

U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS totaled 870,000 last week, while continuing claims declined to 12.6 million. / AP FILE PHOTO/MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking United States unemployment aid rose slightly last week to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted. The figure coincides with evidence that some newly laid-off Americans are…

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