Coronavirus: More than 40 million unemployment claims in the US since start of crisis

Adrian Ovalle

More than 2 million Americans obtained unemployment advantages recently as services continue to cope the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2.123 million claims implies there have actually been more than 40 million applications for unemployment advantages since 21 March, when most world economies were – or will be – closed down.

It is the 10 th successive week (the week to 23 May) that the number of applications topped 2 million and it comes as non-essential services start to resume after more than 2 months of being closed to restrict the spread of the infection.

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The figures do not always represent the number of task losses, as not all applications are authorized, some people send more than one application, and others may have discovered work since using.

Joel Naroff, primary financial expert at Naroff Economics in Pennsylvania, stated: “I am worried that we are seeing a second round of private sector layoffs that, combined with an increasing number of public sector lowerings is increasing the number of people jobless.

“If that is the case, given the pace of reopening, we could be in for an extended period of extraordinary high unemployment. And that means the recovery will be slower and will take a lot longer.”

His remarks followed airplane maker Boeing revealed 12,000 redundancies in the US, primarily due to a fall in the need from airline companies, themselves struck by fall in need from travelers in a world of closed borders, travel constraints and quarantines.

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The US Commerce Department stated on Thursday that GDP contracted at a 5% annualised rate in the first quarter of the year, the worst efficiency since the economic downturn of 2007-09

Financial experts anticipate the GDP might drop as much as 40% in the second quarter.

More than 100,000 people in the US have actually passed away as a result of the coronavirus, amongst more than 356,000 worldwide.

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