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Thousands of Verizon union employees file for unemployment

DOL reports big increase in claims in just one week

The Department of Labor (DOL) reported that national unemployment claims notably increased last week, partly because thousands of Verizon Communications union employees are seeking unemployment benefits following a dispute with the company.

According to the DOL, the number of first-time unemployment applicants increased from 412,000 in the week ending Aug. 13 to 417,000 in the week ending Aug. 20. At least 8,500 of the current claims come from Verizon employees.

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