Number of Americans on jobless benefits inches down for first time since pandemic began

People line up at a jobless centre in Las Vegas, Nevada in March. While still high, the number of Americans on jobless benefits finally lowered last week, down to just over 21 million people. 
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Date of Publication: May 29, 2020

Source: CBC

The number of Americans continuing to receive jobless benefits has been on the decline for the first time since COVID-19 struck. 21.052 million people continued receiving benefits on the week ending May 16. This was a decline from the record 24.912 million people receiving benefits the previous week. The number of new people filling for jobless benefits for the first time has remained above 2 million people per week since mid-March. Even as non-essential businesses begin to reopen, these numbers remain high and may indicate that it will take a while for the economy to recover from the coronavirus-induced slump.

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