CLOSE Many U.S. airlines are overstaffed due to reduced flying schedules and low demand for air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. USA TODAYThe job market’s recovery from the coronavirus-induced recession is floundering as the health crisis lingers, employers continue to lay off hundreds of thousands of workers and Congress remains deadlocked over another federal rescue package.  About 787,000 Americans filed initial applications for unemployment insurance – a rough gauge of layoffs across the USA – last week, down about 40,000 from the prior week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The figures are not seasonally adjusted.There’s a caveat. California isn’t processing claims for two weeks to reduce its backlog and install fraud prevention technology, Labor said. The pause “will likely result in significant week to week swings in initial claims for California and the nation unrelated to any changes in economic conditions,” Labor said.About 58 million people have sought benefits over the past six months. The weekly figures have trended down since peaking at 6.2 million in early spring but remain historically high. Before the crisis, the record for weekly claims on a nonseasonally adjusted basis was about 1 million during a recession in 1982.Economists expect Labor to announce on Friday that the


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