Weekly Unemployment Claims Hit 6.6 Million As U.S. Grapples With Outbreak

Unemployment applications are seen as City of Hialeah employees hand them out to people in front of the John F. Kennedy Library on April 08, 2020 in Hialeah, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As the COVID-19 outbreak engulfs the nation, unemployment claims in the U.S. reached 6.6. million last week ending on April 4, the Labor Department reported on Thursday morning.

The department reported 6,606,000 seasonally adjusted initial claims, a nominal decrease from the previous week’s revised claims of 6,867,000.

The latest figure indicates that a record 16.8 million jobs have been lost over the past three weeks as the number of coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket.

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