Almost 16,000 Nebraskans file unemployment claims due to COVID-19

Darnell Taylor
March 26, 2020

But that staggering leap in joblessness likely understates the full damage the coronavirus outbreak has inflicted on the USA labor market, according to multiple economists. The figure was more than four times greater than the previous record high of 695,000 from 1982. There were 795 claims filed the week prior - a difference of 14,873 claims in one week. As the Department of Labor put it, "Nearly every state providing comments cited the COVID-19 virus impacts".

The number of people without jobs in the USA has surged to a record high as the economy goes into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

MA contributed to a national increase in the seasonally adjusted number of unemployment claims of 1,052.9% over the previous week.

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New data released by the Department of Labor on Thursday showed an unemployment claims increase of more than 1,950 percent in MA between March 15 and March 21.

In California alone, more than a million people have applied for unemployment benefits this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. "The entire department is doing everything we can to meet the needs of this situation and our fellow Washingtonians".

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