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American jobless claims mount to 22m since shutdowns

Total of first-time applicants for unemployment benefits rises by 5.2m in fourth week of lockdowns

More than 5.2m Americans filed new claims for unemployment insurance last week, pushing the total in one month to more than 22m, in the latest sign of the staggering job losses from the coronavirus shutdowns. The jobless figures follow a series of data this week that documented the magnitude of the blow from the public…

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