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Nearly 1.2 million people filed unemployment claims during the week ending Aug. 1, marking 20 straight weeks in which jobless claims topped 1 million. The news also comes as the federal $600-per-week unemployment payments ended Aug. 1, with Congress still at a stalemate as to whether or not to extend them.

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 25 were in Virginia (5,020), Nevada (2,842), Missouri (2,606), Indiana (2,218) and New Jersey (2,141), while the largest decreases were in California (44,941), Georgia (37,329), Florida (17,514), Louisiana (13,568) and Texas (11,104).

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