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U.S. weekly jobless claims fall to 963,000, first time below 1 million since mid-March

First-time jobless claims totaled 963,000 last week versus the Wall Street estimate of 1.1 million.

That was the first time below 1 million since March 14.

Continuing claims totaled 15.5 million, down more than 600,000.

First-time claims for unemployment insurance last week fell below 1 million for the first time since March 21 in a sign that the labor market is continuing its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Jobless claims had totaled above 1 million for 20 consecutive weeks as the U.S. economy went into lockdown to contain Covid-19. The last time the total was below that number was March 14, with 282,000, just as the pandemic declaration first hit.

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