Widespread layoffs caused by the coronavirus pandemic forced 5.2 million more people to seek unemployment benefits last week, the U.S Department of Labor (DoL) reported Thursday.
In the past month, roughly 22 million have filed jobless claims, marking the worst stretch of U.S. job losses on record. With a labor force that totals about 162 million people, that brings the unemployment rate close to 13 percent.
In the week ending April 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 5,245,000.
In the U.S. DoL’s Thursday report, it was stated, “The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 8.2 percent for the week ending April 4, an increase of 3.1 percentage points from the previous week’s unrevised rate. This marks the highest level of the seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate in the history of the seasonally adjusted series. The previous high was 7.0 percent in May of 1975.”
According to the U.S. DoL, in the week ending April 11, 118,184 Hoosiers filed unemployment claims.
In Kentucky, 115,763 people filed claims, according to the DoL.
Illinois saw 141,049 claims filed in the same timeframe, the DoL reported.