* Dollar dips to near 1-week low * At least 28 million people still receiving unemployment checks * Silver gains as much as 8.4% * Fed officials warn of muted U.S. growth until virus is contained * Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser (Updates prices) By Sumita Layek Aug 13 (Reuters) - Gold jumped as much as 2.5% on Thursday, rebounding from a near three-week low hit in the last session, as the dollar dipped and a slow recovery in the U.S. labor market reinforced the economic toll from the coronavirus pandemic. Spot gold rose 1.9% to $1,954.37 per ounce by 2:04 pm EDT (1804 GMT), having slipped below $1,900 on Wednesday. U.S. gold futures settled up 1.1% to $1,970.40. U.S. jobless claims dropped below one million last week for the first time since the start of the pandemic, though at least 28 million people are still receiving unemployment checks, indicating a weak labor market. "The dollar has been quite weak ... this recovery we've had (in the labor market) has been the low-hanging fruit. It's an easy bounce," said Edward Meir, analyst at ED&F Man Capital Markets. "The initial claims are still running at a very high rate, and there is still a long way to go," Meir said. The dollar was down 0.2% against rivals, its lowest in nearly a week, bolstering gold's appeal for those holding other currencies, as Washington continues to remain in a stalemate over additional stimulus. Adding to the gloomy outlook, Federal Reserve policymakers warned U.S. growth would be muted until the coronavirus was contained. Investors are now eyeing a meeting between the United States and China on Aug. 15 that aims to review the Phase 1 trade deal. "The underlying factors in the market have not changed significantly. The fact that gold did not move still higher when Sino-U.S. tensions escalated over the weekend signaled that most of the tailwinds were priced in," said StoneX analyst Rhona O'Connell in a note. "Investor sentiment remains robust overall." Elsewhere, silver gained as much as 8.4% and was up 6.6% to $27.25 per ounce, platinum gained 2.7% to $956.53 and palladium climbed 1.9% to $2,170.68. (Reporting by Sumita Layek in Bengaluru Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)
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