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712,000 workers filed jobless claims last week as pandemic rages

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courtneyk/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) — Another 712,000 workers filed jobless claims last week, the Department of Labor said Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the labor market.

The weekly jobless claims tally fell slightly after rising for the past two consecutive weeks. It still remains well above pre-pandemic averages.

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