According to the latest report from the US Department of Labor, the number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits for the first time in the past came in higher-than-expected.
In the past week, 861,000 people became jobless, topping the 775,000 expected. The high figures are raising the possibility of a second consecutive month of a tepid job growth regardless of the decline in COVID-19 infections. The highest numbers came from California, Illinois, and Ohio.
People are now waiting for the $1.9 trillion stimulus package long-touted by the current president, Joe Biden. At the end of January, 18.3 million people were getting unemployment checks, but the government-funded benefits will expire mid-March.
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Sources: forexfactory.com, reuters.com