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US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway Photo: WDIO/MGN

Created: July 02, 2020 03:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government says unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs.

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That's largest single-month job gain in history. But the job-market recovery may already be faltering because of a new round of closings and layoffs triggered by a resurgence of the coronavirus.

While the jobless rate was down from 13.3% in May, it is still at a Depression-era level. And the data was gathered during the second week of June, before a number of states began to reverse or suspend the reopenings of their economies.

Trump sees sunshine, Biden 'no victory yet'

As Republicans and Democrats fight to spin Thursday’s jobs numbers to their advantage, both sides face tremendous political risks on a defining issue heading into the presidential election.

Joe Biden seized on the growing threat presented by the coronavirus after the better-than-expected numbers were released.

President Donald Trump claimed a major economic victory and downplayed the health threat, even as an explosion of new infections threatens to stall, or even reverse, some of the economic progress.

Their dueling visions establish a new frame for the high-stakes debate ahead.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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