Unemployment numbers dropped last week

First-time unemployment claims total 837,000 last week, posting a lower number than economists had expected and a drop in claims from the week before.

This marked the fifth consecutive week that first time jobless claims were under a million after staying there for five months following the mid-March shutdown.

California’s numbers are not included in the latest weekly tally. According to the Labor Department, the state is taking two weeks off from processing claims as it looks to implement fraud prevention technology.

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