People wait in line to file for unemployment following amid an outbreak of the coronavirus at an Arkansas Workforce Center in Fort Smith, Ark., April 6, 2020.  (Nick Oxford/Reuters)

Americans filed 900,000 new unemployment claims last week, a figure slightly lower than expected and a small drop from the week prior as the coronavirus continues to surge nationwide.

Economists had predicted Americans would file 935,000 claims last week, a slight decline from the 965,000 new claims filed one week earlier, when new claims reached their highest number since late August.

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