6.6 Million More File For Unemployment As Coronavirus Keeps Economy Shut

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    Updated at 8:55 a.m. ET The number of people seeking unemployment benefits shot up again last week, as 6.6 million more people filed initial claims, the Labor Department said Thursday . About 16.8 million have filed in the past three weeks, and analysts expect the numbers to keep rising. In the prior week, ending March 28, a revised 6.9 million people filed first-time claims. Jobless claims have skyrocketed in recent weeks, as countless restaurants, hotels, factories and offices have been forced to shut down to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Don’t see the graphic above? Click here. California had the largest number of new claims in the week ending Saturday, with 925,450 — down from 1.058 million the prior week. Georgia’s new claims totaled 388,175, nearly triple the previous week’s. Michigan’s initial claims totaled 384,844, topping the prior week’s 304,335. A report this week from Moody’s Analytics said job losses are expected to mount at “staggering” levels in the coming weeks

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