More than 4.4 million file new unemployment claims

(The Center Square) – The five week surge in new unemployment claims continued last week as businesses deemed nonessential by state and local governments reduce staffing in response to COVID-19.
More than 4.4 million Americans filed unemployment claims last week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday.
The 4.43 million claims for the week that ended April 18 is down 810,000 from the week prior, when 5.25 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits.
Over the past five weeks, 26 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits because of stay-at-home orders in response to the novel coroanvirus.
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