An additional 2.1 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, pushing the total to more than 40 million since mid-March, the US Department of Labor reported Thursday. That works out to roughly one out of every four US workers losing their jobs, according to The New York Times.
The unemployment numbers come after the US on Wednesday hit the bleak milestone of tallied its worst month on record, with an unemployment rate of 14.7%, up from 4.4% in March.from COVID-19, the illness caused by the . Efforts to slow the spread of the virus through lockdowns have spurred an economic crisis, with unemployment reaching historic levels in the US. In April, the US job market
Despite the pandemic and the economic crisis, much of theand make new hires. Apple, Amazon and Microsoft each listed at least 2,000 open jobs on their respective sites as of earlier this month, and the companies all say they're still hiring.
The latest round of new jobless numbers may not all be fresh layoffs, according to the Times, but instead states working through a backlog unemployment claims.