US Weekly Jobless Claims at 793,000 Last Week Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Labour Department Says

© Bryan WoolstonFILE PHOTO: People line up outside a Kentucky Career Center hoping to find assistance with their unemployment claim in Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S. June 18, 2020
FILE PHOTO: People line up outside a Kentucky Career Center hoping to find assistance with their unemployment claim in Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S. June 18, 2020 - Sputnik International, 1920, 11.02.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Some 793,000 Americans filed for jobless claims last week, Labor Department data showed on Thursday, demonstrating the job market's continued difficulty in turning the corner from the coronavirus pandemic.

"In the week ending 6 February the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 793,000,  a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week's revised level", the department said in a news release.

According to previous reports, the US lost more than 21 million jobs between March and April, at the height of business lockdowns forced by the coronavirus.

© AP Photo / Elaine ThompsonIn this Thursday, June 4, 2020 file photo, a customer walks out of a U.S. Post Office branch and under a banner advertising a job opening, in Seattle. The job market took a big step toward healing in May 2020, though plenty of damage remains, as a record level of hiring followed record layoffs in March and April. The Labor Department reported Tuesday, July 7, 2020 that the number of available jobs rose sharply as well, but remained far below pre-pandemic levels.
US Weekly Jobless Claims at 793,000 Last Week Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Labour Department Says - Sputnik International, 1920, 11.02.2021
In this Thursday, June 4, 2020 file photo, a customer walks out of a U.S. Post Office branch and under a banner advertising a job opening, in Seattle. The job market took a big step toward healing in May 2020, though plenty of damage remains, as a record level of hiring followed record layoffs in March and April. The Labor Department reported Tuesday, July 7, 2020 that the number of available jobs rose sharply as well, but remained far below pre-pandemic levels.

The job market made a rebound, as 2.5 million jobs was logged in May and 4.8 million in June before the recovery began slowing. For both September and October, fewer than 700,000 jobs were added each month. In November, there were just 245,000 additions, while December saw a loss of 140,000 jobs — the first such decline since April.

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