Economy

1.2 million more Americans applied for benefits last week

More Than One Million Americans Filed Unemployment Last Week

1.2 million more Americans applied for benefits last week

The number of applications for benefits has already exceeded a million for the 20th week

An additional 1.2 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the Labor Department said Thursday..

The number of applications for benefits for the 20th week already exceeds a million, while the coronavirus pandemic is forcing employers to close factories or layoffs.

At the same time, last week the indicator slightly improved: 249,000 people less than a week earlier applied for benefits..

This may be partly due to the end of federal allowance premiums: until last Friday, the government was paying an extra $ 600 a week in addition to what the unemployed receive from the states..

The White House and lawmakers have yet to agree on an extension of the bonus program: Republicans want to cut them to $ 200 a week, while Democrats want to keep payments of $ 600 until the end of the year..

President Trump says he is willing to extend the benefits, but does not want people to benefit from receiving benefits than returning to work.

1.2 million more Americans applied for benefits last week

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