Ohio, federal unemployment claims hit pandemic low

WASHINGTON — The number of laid-off workers applying for unemployment aid in a week fell below 1 million last week for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic intensified five months ago, yet the tally remains at a high level.

The number of weekly applications declined to 963,000, the second-straight drop, from 1.2 million the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The decline signaled that layoffs are slowing, although the latest figure still far exceeds the...