Latest week brings 1.51 million new first-time claims for unemployment benefits

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Weekly unemployment claims may be dropping but they're still at record highs in Pierre Scott Horsley reports an additional one and a half million people filed last week first time claims for state unemployment last week were down only slightly from the previous week claims for a separate federal unemployment program rose federal reserve chairman Jerome Powell told lawmakers Wednesday Congress will likely need to extensible metal unemployment benefits in some form past the end of July when they're set to expire the fed has projected unemployment will remain above nine percent at the end of this year that Scott Horsley reporting this is NPR

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