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Jobless claims fall almost 250,000 to 1.19 million to mark new pandemic low

Initial jobless claims fell in early August for the first time in three weeks and touched the lowest level since the coronavirus pandemic began more than four months ago, a surprising decline that suggest some improvement in the labor market despite an increase another viral outbreak. New applications for unemployment benefits, a rough gauge of layoffs, sank by 249,000 to 1.19 million.
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