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Nearly 3m more Americans file jobless claims

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 15, 2020
The U.S. Labor Department said Thursday nearly 3 million more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus continues to hammer the economy.
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Approximately 2.98 million jobless claims were filed, representing a week-on-week fall of 195,000 claims. The figure is just shy of 3 million for the first time since mid-March.

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The eight-week total for those who lost jobs during the pandemic now tops 36.5 million, by far the biggest loss in US history.

Many businesses have been shuttered or greatly reduced operations as states enforce stay-at-home orders and halted operations for all but essential businesses. Most school systems have similarly suspended operations.


 

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