Oregon’s historic coronavirus job losses continue: 380,000 now out of work

Oregon’s historic coronavirus job losses continue: 380,000 now out of work

Oregon’s historic coronavirus job losses continue: 380,000 now out of work

(Unemployed workers must file each week to keep their benefits coming).

The volume of new claims has declined in each of the past four weeks.

That brings total new unemployment claims to more than 33 million, where one in five American workers in the labor market have filed for first-time benefits since mid-March lockdowns.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) confirms that workers will receive retroactive unemployment benefit payments for the weeks they did not work "even if their claims are processed after they have already returned to work", according to spokesman Brett Bezio. And much of the money OR has paid came from the federal government, which has boosted weekly payments by $600 through July.

With Washington's most recent claims, the total number of workers in the state who have filed for unemployment insurance since the start of the coronavirus crisis could approach 900,000, which would be almost three times the peak during the Great Recession. The state was among the last in the nation to implement a stay-at-home order and thus is experiencing a later spike in unemployment claims. Virginia rounded out the top seven states enduring the sharpest percentage spike in jobless claims over the period analyzed.

MI also saw sustained jobless claims over the past month, averaging a more than 3,600% increase to unemployment claims compared to the week ended March 14. The department said it now has 635 workers processing claims, up from a little more than 100 at the start of the outbreak. The employment department said Thursday it has now processed 10,000 of those claims.

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