Almost 3 Million More People Filed for Unemployment This Week

Almost 3 Million More People Filed for Unemployment This Week

Almost 3 Million More People Filed for Unemployment This Week

Mainers have filed more than 156,000 jobless claims since March 15. Trump seized on the dismal numbers to call for easing lockdowns so people can get back to work.

New US claims for unemployment benefits continued to slow in the latest week but at 2.98 million showed the coronavirus pandemic continues to destroy jobs, according to government data released Thursday.

Although those numbers often differ slightly from the Labor Department figures for the state, they tend to track the same trend-and they're likely to indicate that the total number of workers who have filed for unemployment in Washington since March 7 is now well above 900,000. The state paid a total $315 million in April, more than three times the previous monthly record of almost $103 million in May 2009. OR will get another gauge Tuesday when the state releases the April unemployment number - which will surely land somewhere well north of 10%, as bad or worse than the toughest days of the Great Recession.

New claims in MA peaked in the last week of March, when over 180,000 applications were filed.

MI saw a decrease in the number of people filing for unemployment, according to the latest numbers released by the U.S. Labor Department. The state cites fewer layoffs in the health care and social assistance, manufacturing, and retail trade industries.

However, economists predicted that an easing of coronavirus restrictions in many USA states could mean the unemployment rate could be levelling off.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate for the nation was 15.7 percent for the week ending May 2, an increase of three-tenths of one percent from the previous week. Weekly unemployment filings still remain in the millions even as the number of Americans filing has been slowly decreasing.

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