More than three million more people asked to benefit from it last week. A historic record.
The pandemic of coronavirus has detonated weekly claims for unemployment benefits in the United States. More than three million more people asked to benefit from it last week, the Labor Department said on Thursday 26 March. It is a historic record.
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More specifically, 3.3 million people applied for unemployment benefits for the first time during the week of March 15-21, 3 million more than the previous week, which registered 282,000 new claims. This is a level never seen in the United States, the previous record dating from October 1982 with 695,000 new requests.