More Americans than ever before are filing unemployment claims as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the nation.
The Labor Department reports this morning that more than six-point-six-million workers filed first-time claims for benefits last week. That’s more than double the three-point-three million claims filed the week before and it’s the highest total in the history of the seasonally-adjusted figures.
Here in our state we continue to be hit as well.
The impact of the coronavirus is hard to hide in Wisconsin. The latest Marquette Law School Poll shows that nearly one-in-ten people in the state have lost their job because of the virus. Another 22-percent say they are working less. The poll also found that a majority of people support what both President Trump and Governor Evers are doing to combat the virus.