Unemployment claims for self-employed fell sharply. Or did they?


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Self-employed and gig workers applied for unemployment benefits last week at half the level from the week prior, according to Labor Department data reported Thursday.

That suggests a strong rebound, breaking from persistently high — even increasing — levels in recent weeks.

But that rebound likely didn’t happen. It only occurred on paper, experts say.

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