U.S. layoffs remain elevated as 884,000 seek jobless aid

U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS totaled 884,000 last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/GENE J. PUSKAR
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs are stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy. The latest figure released by the Labor Department Thursday still far exceeds the number who sought benefits in any week…

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