The data provided by the Labour Department of U.S. shows that over 26 million people filed for unemployment in the last 5 weeks.
The news release on April 23, 2020, showed that in the week ending April 18, the initial jobless claims were 4,427,400. The four-week unemployment average was 5,786,500. By taking into consideration the total of five weeks, the unemployment level will be above 26 million.
The New York Times reported that coronavirus outbreak and unprecedented economic shutdown in the past 5 weeks had devastated the U.S. economy, which resulted in more than 26 million people claiming unemployment benefits across the country.
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