Uptick in Jobless Claims Suggests US Economy Could Be Slow to Recover

A closed sign hangs on a gated corridor in New York City. Thursday's report said the unemployment rate in the United States is 11.6%. File

Utahns filed 3,737 new claims the week ending Saturday, down dramatically from a coronavirus-related peak of 33,000 reached in April and well below its average level of about 5,000 per week since late May.

Weekly unemployment claims in Idaho decreased by 17% from the prior week, the Idaho Department of Labor announced Thursday. The bill is expected to include another $1,200 in direct payments to eligible individuals, as well as an extension to unemployment benefits, liability protection for businesses and tax incentives to encourage Americans to get back to work.

While some states have seen unemployment applications plummet from record highs after the coronavirus pandemic roiled America's employment picture, some have suffered stubbornly high job losses months into the recovery. Negotiations are underway on Capitol Hill for another round fo COVID-19 stimulus, but Democrats and Republicans remain far apart on negotiations.

"While ESD administers this additional benefit, we do not have a say in whether it is extended".

Veteran market analyst Peter Boockvar said on Wednesday that it's likely that Washington's warring political factions will land "somewhere in the middle" of a range between a reduced $200 figure floated by the Republicans and the current $600 payment.

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India has 2,967 tigers , a third more than in 2014, according to results of a census made public on July 29 a year ago . Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of tigers at 526, closely followed by Karnataka (524) and Uttarakhand (442).

The report also comes as a surge of cases in the Sun Belt appears to be tapering off, but experts warn that the surge could move north to the Midwest in the weeks and days ahead. That figure isn't adjusted for seasonal trends, so it's reported separately.

Since she was laid off by a tech industry non-profit on May 15, Miranda Meyerson, 38, has been trying to find another job and to sign up for unemployment benefits. New unemployment claims peaked at a state-record 272,188 during the week ending March 28.

Nationally, the total of Americans filing for new unemployment benefits rose for the second consecutive week. They got through the Ebola scare, " she said.

The extra $600 in unemployment pay has been a lifeline as she contends with a $2,200 mortgage and $600 in monthly health insurance expenses.

Laid off from his job as a bank security guard in March, James Adams, 53, of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, said "losing that $600 a week would be devastating".

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