Jobless claims rose higher last week, with 898,000 Americans filing for unemployment benefits, according to data from the Department of Labor.
Weekly claims have fallen since peaking at 6.9 million in late March, but the reversal signals a long road ahead to get back to pre-pandemic levels of around 200,000 claims per week. Overall, more than 25 million citizens received some form of unemployment aid.
Jobless claims are not the only rising number. On Wednesday, the U.S. reported almost 60,000 new Covid-19 cases. There are now a total of over 7.9 million confirmed cases and almost 217,000 deaths.
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As fall and winter approach, health experts are warning Americans that small gatherings are becoming a leading source of virus spread. Doctors are also warning citizens not to let their guard down, especially as the holidays approach and college students return home for winter break.
Experts are also warning that young students, who often show mild or no symptoms at all, can contribute to a household spread of the virus, by infecting their parents who may then go on to infect other parts of their home and community.
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