38.6 Million Americans Seek Unemployment Benefits

Posted on May 21, 2020 6:32 am

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Commerce throughout the United States has started to slowly ease back to life, but 2.4 million more workers filed for unemployment compensation last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the world’s largest economy.

Over nine weeks now, 38.6 million jobless workers have filed for cash benefits, almost one of every four employees in the U.S. labor force of more than 164 million.  

But the newest weekly total was the smallest number since businesses started shutting down by the thousands in mid-March as state governors issued mandatory closure orders on stores, businesses and