Jobless Claims Hit Record 3.3 Million

An unprecedented number of Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus pandemic closed businesses across the nation.

Nearly 3.3 million people filed a claim for jobless aid in the week ending March 21, a nearly fivefold increase over the previous weekly record back in 1982. By way of comparison, in the worst single week after the financial crash of 2008, jobless claims stood at 665,000.


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