U.S. jobless claims jump to two-year high amid closures

Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits surged last week to a two-year high as the coronavirus pandemic forced employers to start laying off workers.

Jobless claims rose by 70,000 to 281,000 in the week ended March 14, according to Labor Department figures released Thursday.

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–With assistance from Kristy Scheuble.

— By Katia Dmitrieva (Bloomberg)

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