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Some 800,000 Americans applied for jobless aid the week before Christmas

Posted on AllSides December 23rd, 2020
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The number of people applying for jobless aid fell slightly last week but remained at a high level, showing the coronavirus continues to take a toll on the economy.

Some 803,000 people applied for unemployment benefits in the week ending December 19, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That's a drop of 89,000 from the week before.

Another 397,000 applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a federal program for the self-employed and gig workers.

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