3.2 Million More Americans File for Unemployment Amid COVID-19 Closures

3.2 Million More Americans File for Unemployment Amid COVID-19 Closures

Complex - Life·2020-05-07 23:09

3.2 million more Americans have filed claims for unemployment benefits amid widespread COVID-19 closures, per the latest Department of Labor update Thursday.

The 3.2 million additional claims for last week brings the total to an estimated 33.5 million since the COVID-19 era truly began. Put another way, that's roughly the equivalent of one in five Americans who had previously been employed as of February of this year. Back in March, claims hit a peak of nearly 6.9 million.

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