Another 4.4 Million People Filed Unemployment Claims Last Week

Those claims bring the unemployment total to more than 26 million people, or 11.3 percent.

By Megan McDonald April 23, 2020

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New data released by the U.S. Department of Labor shows that another 4.4 million people filed for unemployment last week, bringing the current unemployment total to more than 26 million people. (For comparison, there were 211,762 initial claims in the comparable week in 2019.) The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 11.3 percent during the week ending April 11, an increase of 2.7 percentage points from the prior week.

While the total claims dropped from the previous week's 6.6 million, the DOL's data shows that 1 in 6 Americans are currently out of work. The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending April 11 were in Colorado (58,246), New York (50,250), Missouri (10,668), Florida (10,534), and North Carolina (2,733); the largest decreases were in California (263,342), Michigan (166,347), New Jersey (73,416), Georgia (70,551), and Ohio (66,874). Experts also say that current numbers don't accurately represent the full extent of the crisis because of delays in processing claims. That information comes as new information shows that Florida is one of the slowest states in the nation to process unemployment claims, with only 4 percent of 850,000 currently paid, according to New York Times report.

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