- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 7, 2009

The number of U.S. workers filing first-time unemployment claims last week was 601,000, roughly 34,000 fewer than in the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday.

However, continued unemployment still is increasing, with 6.35 million workers filing claims in the week ending April 25, which was 56,000 more than in the previous week.

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The number of unemployed workers is now at roughly 4.95 million. The recession that has resulted in high unemployment officially began in the United States in December 2007. The country’s unemployment rate is now at 8.5 percent, according the the Labor Department.

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