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709,000 seek US jobless aid as pandemic escalates

Virus Outbreak Illinois Unemployment
Posted at 6:55 AM, Nov 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 709,000, the fourth straight drop and a sign that the job market is slowly healing.

The figures coincide with a sharp resurgence in confirmed viral infections to an all-time high above 120,000 a day.

Cases are rising in 49 states, and deaths are increasing in 39. The nation has now recorded 240,000 virus-related deaths and 10.3 million confirmed infections.

Utah's unemployment numbers for last week will be released at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.