U.S. layoffs remain elevated as 898K seek jobless aid

U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS totaled 898,000 last week . / AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession that erupted seven months ago. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department shows that the job market remans fragile, and it coincides with…

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