Economy Dismal, Recovery Pace Unclear : Politics Podcast 5.2 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the four-week total to 22 million — nearly wiping out all the job gains made since the Great Recession.

Retail spending, another key economic indicator, is also suffering: down a record 8.7% last month, the largest monthly fall since the Commerce Department began tracking retail sales three decades ago.

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Unemployment Claims Remain Sky-High, All But Undoing 10 Years Of Job Gains

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Unemployment Claims Remain Sky-High, All But Undoing 10 Years Of Job Gains

Unemployment Claims Remain Sky-High, All But Undoing 10 Years Of Job Gains

Unemployment Claims Remain Sky-High, All But Undoing 10 Years Of Job Gains

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5.2 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the four-week total to 22 million — nearly wiping out all the job gains made since the Great Recession. Retail spending, another key economic indicator, is also suffering: down a record 8.7% last month, the largest monthly fall since the Commerce Department began tracking retail sales three decades ago.

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