Ten million Americans are now jobless amid coronavirus pandemic after record 6.6million new unemployment claims are filed in one week – after 3.3million last week

Thursday, April 2, 2020
By Paul Martin

The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits last week has shot to 6.6 million
Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose to 6.65 million in the latest week, according to new figures released by the Department of Labor on Thursday
It means that 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the two weeks that the coronavirus started rapidly spreading across the country
The new figures account for claims made in the week ending March 28
The 6.6 million figure is much higher than the previous record of 3.3 million reported for the week ending March 21
The new figures account for the week in which states like New York shuttered non-essential businesses and enforced stay-at-home orders
More than 80 percent of Americans are now under some form of lockdown – up from less than 50 percent just a few weeks ago
Before the virus hit, unemployment in the US was at its lowest in 60 years and the economy was stronger than it had ever been
The surging layoffs have led many economists to predict as many as 20 million lost jobs by the end of April

By EMILY CRANE
DAILYMAIL.COM
2 April 2020

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week has shot to a record 6.6 million – as layoffs increased amid the coronavirus pandemic and more states enforced stay-at-home orders.

New claims for unemployment benefits rose to 6.65 million in the week ending March 28, according to figures released by the Department of Labor on Thursday.

The figure shatters the previous record of 3.3 million new claims filed for the week ending March 21.

It means that roughly 10 million Americans have lost their jobs and filed for unemployment in the two weeks that the coronavirus started rapidly spreading across the country.

The new unemployment claims account for the week in which states like New York shuttered non-essential businesses and enforced stay-at-home orders.

More than 80 percent of Americans are now under some form of lockdown – up from less than 50 percent just a few weeks ago.

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