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WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress from the intensified viral outbreak. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department said that initial claims for jobless aid dropped from 787,000 the week before. ... more
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennesseans receiving unemployment benefits began seeing their first payments to include a $600 federal supplement for the newly jobless last Wednesday. Normal weekly benefits in Tennessee are $275. Andrea Larson, a former maitre d at a Nashville restaurant said she is one of the people who got $875 deposited into her bank account Wednesday morning. “I’m grateful for the extra money,” she said in a text message. “I’m so happy I can pay my household bills this month.”... more
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