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The unemployment rate in the United States for the month of April 2020, is higher than the unemployment rate during the Great Depression.

The unemployment rate was higher in April compared to other months in 2020, but America saw a higher rate than this during the Great Depression.

The unemployment rate was higher in April compared to other months in 2020, but America saw a higher rate than this during the Great Depression.The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on 11 May 2020, that the unemployment rate increased by 10.3 percentage points to 14.7 per cent, which was the highest over the month as the numbers of unemployment saw a spike from 15.9 to 23.1 million in April 2020. This increase was due to the measures taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The graphical representation of unemployment rate in the United States by the Federal Reserve Bank, St.Louis displays that during the Great Depression which lasted for a decade starting from 1929 to 1939 as they were preparing for World War II, the highest unemployment registered was at 25.59% in May 1933.

However, the claim stating that the unemployment rate in the United States was the highest during the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic than during the Great Depression is misleading as the country during depression registered the largest number of unemployment for almost a decade.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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