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US has world’s most COVID-19 deaths and cases — but is not worst per capita

The United States still has the world’s highest COVID-19 death toll — with more than 222,000 succumbing to the virus — but we rank ninth among nations in deaths per capita, a new count finds. Eight other countries are seeing higher deaths per one million population, the Daily Mail noted Thursday[1]. Peru has the worst …

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Unemployment Claims Are Down, but Many Workers Lower Expectations

The number of workers filing new unemployment claims fell last week, the government reported[1] on Thursday, but the levels remain achingly high as the incipient economic recovery struggles to maintain a foothold. The Labor Department reported that 757,000 workers had filed new claims for state unemployment benefits, a drop of 73,000 from the previous week. …

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Southwest Airlines to resume middle-seat bookings in December amid COVID-19

Southwest Airlines plans to resume placing passengers in middle seats on planes in December, the company said Thursday. Southwest was one of a handful of American airlines that had chosen to keep middle seats empty to curb the spread[1] of COVID-19. The airline said its decision to resume the bookings “was not made lightly.” In …

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US workers file 787,000 new jobless claims amid COVID crisis

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to 787,000 last week despite continued pressure on the labor market from the coronavirus pandemic, the feds said Thursday. Last week’s initial jobless claims nevertheless brought the total filed during the COVID-19 crisis to more than 65.1 million — a number equivalent to nearly 41 percent …

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