U.S. unemployment claims fall to a pandemic low of 498,000

U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS fell last week to a pandemic low of 498,000. / AP FILE PHOTO/MARY ALTAFFER
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to 498,000, the lowest point since the viral pandemic struck 14 months ago and a sign of the job market's growing strength as businesses reopen and consumers step up spending. Thursday's report from the Labor Department showed that applications declined 92,000 from a…

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