First rise since March in weekly jobless claims to 1.4m as employers struggle with renewed lockdowns: “US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said Republicans would consider extending some emergency jobless benefits as data for the number of Americans filing for initial unemployment benefits showed the labour market’s recovery may be stalling. New jobless claims levelled off near 1.42m seasonally adjusted last week, compared with 1.31m a week earlier, following Covid-19 outbreaks in parts of the US south and west. Economists had forecast that claims would match the previous week’s unrevised figure of 1.3m.” via Financial Times