Labor Dept Reports 1.4 Million New Jobless Claims

USA Today reports:

The number of Americans filing jobless claims rose last week, showing the need for aid isn’t waning even as the extra $600 that bolstered weekly checks during the pandemic comes to an end.

1.4 million more Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time as the coronavirus surges throughout many states, and recently reopened businesses shut their doors to slow the virus’s spread.

That most recent stream of claims means that in little more than four months, a staggering 52.7 million have sought unemployment aid for the first time.