U.S. unemployment remains high

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U.S. unemployment remains high

Labor Department data show this

The number of jobless claims filed over the past week indicates that the U.S. unemployment rate remains high, the Labor Department said Thursday.

According to official data, 900,000 such applications were filed last week, 26,000 fewer than the revised figures showed a week earlier.

As Joe Biden takes his first steps as president, the U.S. economy faces obstacles of various kinds. On the one hand, the coronavirus affects tens of thousands of people every day; on the other, employers are dealing with new pandemic-related restrictions coming from state and municipal governments.

Two weeks ago, officials reported that the U.S. economy lost 140,000 jobs last December, the first decline in growth since the pandemic hit the country in March.

The new US president has a slim majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, which makes it easier to pass his plan to fight COVID-19. However, this advantage will only help change the situation if the Democrats vote as a unified bloc, or if they are supported by some Republicans.

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