New weekly jobless claims soar to 3.3 million amid coronavirus outbreak

The number of people filing for unemployment benefits has skyrocketed in California as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders

The number of people filing for unemployment benefits has skyrocketed in California as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders

The national seasonally adjusted number of new unemployment for the most recent week was 3,283,000, up from 282,000 the previous week.

The increase in jobless claims was even more staggering in Kansas, where 23,687 filed for unemployment last week, compared with 1,755 the week before - an overall increase of almost 1,250%.

Last week the Employment Security Department said 14,154 initial unemployment benefits claims were filed for the week ending March 14, a 116% increase compared to the week before.

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.

Layoffs are sure to accelerate as the USA economy sinks into what most economists expect to be deep and painful recession.

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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.

You can read the full report from the Department of Labor here.

Yet as recently as Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said more than one million Californians had filed for unemployment benefits since March 13, in an unprecedented surge of joblessness for the country's most populous state. New claims for retail was up 1,189%.

We may well be in a recession", adding, "This is a unique situation.

Elsewhere, Connecticut's new weekly jobless claims were reported at 25,098 in the Labor Department's print Thursday.

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