U.S. jobless claims jump to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS totaled 861,000 last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA
U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS totaled 861,000 last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully high despite a steady drop in the number of confirmed viral infections. Applications from laid-off workers rose 13,000 from the previous week, which was revised sharply higher, the Labor Department said Thursday. Before the…

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