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Unemployment claims in California are skyrocketing

California workers have made the most initial jobless claims in six months, a huge weekly total that leaked Thursday, suggesting coronavirus-related problems are still plaguing the national economy.

In the week ended October 16, workers across the country filed 80,700 initial jobless claims, 17,600 more than the 63,100 initial claims workers filed in the week ended October 9, the Department of Labor reported.

The applications filed with the state’s employment development bureau last week were the majority that workers have posted since early April, according to analysis of government reports by that news organization.

Nationwide, workers filed 290,000 initial unemployment claims last week, a decrease of 6,000 from the 296,000 filed the previous week.

In California, the 17,600 rise in jobless claims was the largest one-week increase since the seven-day period that ended April 3.

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