Nearly 3 million Americans file for unemployment, bringing total to over 36 million

Posted on AllSides May 14th, 2020
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Economy and Jobs, jobless claims, unemployment benefits, layoffs, coronavirus

A total of 2,981,000 more Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week, bringing the total number of jobless claims filed amid the coronavirus pandemic to more than 36 million, according to the Department of Labor.

Since late March, millions of Americans have lost their jobs as states shuttered their economies to stop the virus's spread. New unemployment filings peaked at a staggering 6.9 million in the week ending March 28. Weekly unemployment filings still remain in the millions even as the number of Americans filing has been slowly decreasing.


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