6.6 million Americans file for unemployment for 2nd straight week

by Adam Ford · Apr 9th, 2020 8:04 am

The Labor Department on Friday reported a staggering 6.6 million unemployment claims — for the second week in a row — as COVID-19 continues to paralyze the U.S. economy.

Economists were predicting 5.5 million jobless claims for the week.

🔦 Before the coronavirus pandemic brought most of the U.S. economy to a screeching halt, the highest weekly number of unemployment claims in history was 695,000, which occurred in 1982. The highest number of claims during the Great Recession was 665,000.


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