About 853,000 Americans filed initial claims for unemployment insurance last week, up from 716,000 the week before and 123,000 more than economists had projected.
Why it matters: It's the highest number of new jobless claims since September, per AP, and an indicator that labor market is heading in the wrong direction.
- As of Nov. 21, more than 19 million Americans were still dependent on some type of unemployment aid.
- The worrying trend comes as Congress remains deadlocked on stimulus negotiations.
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