Jobless claims hit back-to-back pandemic lows as recovery strengthens

Author: Leigh Lynes

Last week, 133,319 Americans filed claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, for gig and self-employed workers.

New York, Florida, Alabama, Washington and Georgia saw the biggest increases in first-time unemployment claims for the week ended April 10. California, Texas, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia saw the biggest decreases.

Poverty rose to 11.7 percent in March, the highest level of the pandemic, according to research from the University of Chicago and University of Notre Dame, as Americans awaited the next round of stimulus relief. Children, non-minorities and women were hit the hardest by the spike, researchers said.

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