U.S. Unemployment Claims Remained Elevated Last Week
About 900,000 workers filed for unemployment benefits last week as the labor market struggles to recover this winter.
The number of jobless claims last week was down slightly from the week ended Jan. 9, when applications jumped by more than 100,000 to 926,000. The Labor Department said the increase for the Jan. 9 week—initially estimated as the largest weekly increase since March—was smaller than previously thought.
Jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, remain above the pre-pandemic peak of 695,000 and are higher than in any previous recession for records tracing...