3.1 million more Americans file new jobless claims amid coronavirus downturn

More than 3.1 million Americans filed new applications for unemployment benefits last week as the economy continues to atrophy under the stress of the coronavirus pandemic.

The new batch of claims brings the total number of new applications for jobless benefits to more than 33 million since mid-March.

New applications for jobless benefits decreased slightly last week from the week prior, falling 677,000 from a revised total of 3,846,000 million applications filed in the week ending April 25. But the new batch of claims brings the total number of new applications for jobless benefits to more than 33 million since mid-March.

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