(CBS Detroit) – 965,00 people filed for unemployment benefits last week, according to the labor department.

That’s up from the prior week and much worse than expected.

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In Michigan, more than 23,000 filed for jobless benefits last week.

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Another 284,000 applied nationwide for pandemic unemployment assistance bringing the total number of people seeking federal help to nearly 1.25 million.

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