New jobless claims in Ohio higher than recent weeks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Ohioans filed 36,327 initial jobless claims last week, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

That’s higher than in recent weeks that were averaging around 30,000.

That is in addition to 271,518 people who remain unemployed.

Nationally, the number of people applying for unemployment aid jumped last week to 853,000, the most since September, evidence that some companies are cutting more jobs as new virus cases spiral higher.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of applications increased from 716,000 the previous week.

Before the coronavirus paralyzed the economy in March, weekly jobless claims typically numbered only about 225,000.

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