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Unemployment soared to the highest level ever in US, 66 lakh new workers applied for unemployment allowance in the week ending March 28 | Unemployment is at an all-time high in US, 66 lakh new workers applied for unemployment allowance in a week

  • Number of unemployed people in America increased by more than 10 million in two weeks
  • Estimates of actual number of unemployed will be more as many people complained of difficulty in applying.

Dainik Bhaskar

Apr 02, 2020, 10:21 PM IST

new Delhi. Unemployment in the US has reached an all-time high in the midst of an increasing outbreak of coronaviruses. According to the US Labor Ministry’s Thursday data, more than 66 million workers applied for the first week’s unemployment allowance in the week ending March 28. This is the largest number of people applying for the first week’s unemployment allowance in the history of America so far. Last week, 33 lakh workers applied for the first week’s unemployment allowance. That was also the new record for that week. In this way, the number of unemployed people in America has increased by more than one crore in two weeks.

The actual number of new unemployed is estimated to be more
The actual number of unemployed people may be even more, as according to a report, many people have complained of telephone lines being busy or difficulty in applying for unemployment allowance. With this, part-time workers and some other categories of workers have not got the facility of unemployment allowance.

Companies in the US are continuously laying off employees to prevent infection
As part of an effort to prevent coronavirus infection, companies are constantly laying off employees. In the coming years, more workers may have to depend on government support. The March employment figure is scheduled to come on Friday. It is also feared very bad. According to the refinitive estimates, the March report could bring the figure of one lakh people losing their jobs. Due to this, the unemployment rate can rise from the historical low of 3.5 percent to 3.8 percent. The March data will not look very fierce because the survey based on which the month data is prepared, is completed in the middle of the month. Whereas in the following two weeks, millions of people have lost jobs.

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