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Rising claims for unemployment seen, official numbers due out today

Submitted by on March 26, 2020 – 12:02 amNo Comment

New unemployment benefit claims are rising to levels unseen in recent U.S. history as a result of coronavirus concerns.

States have reported receiving tens of thousands of new claims for unemployment insurance last week.

Official figures are to be released today, and some economists project that new claims could reach 3 million nationwide.

U.S. Department of Labor figures to be released are expected to shatter the old record for the greatest number of new unemployment claims filed in a single week. There are suddenly more jobless Americans than during the Great Recession — and more than in the aftermath of major natural disasters such as hurricanes, fires and floods.

Some laid-off workers have encountered delays in filing claims because of overloaded websites and phone systems. Some states are warning that it could take longer than the normal two to three weeks to receive unemployment payments because of the sudden surge in claims.