Mid-February figures set record for unemployment benefits:

02/27/2009 | Reuters

The U.S. Labor Department said the number of unemployed workers receiving benefits after one week of assistance reached a record 5.11 million in the week ending Feb. 14, a jump of 114,000. First-time claims for state unemployment benefits grew to a seasonally adjusted 667,000 last week, marking the highest level since October 1982.

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