FILE - IA hiring, jobs, jobless, workers, unemployment, help wanted 5-6-2020

A "now hiring" sign is seen in front of a Home Depot store May 6, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa.

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(The Center Square) – New federal jobs data shows the number of first-time filers for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in decades.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released unemployment numbers Wednesday, showing new unemployment claims fell by 71,000 last week. Wednesday's report marked the first time weekly unemployment claims have been better than pre-COVID-19-pandemic levels.

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