Bloomberg Law
March 19, 2020, 11:16 AM

U.S. Jobless Claims Set for Historic Jump Amid Virus Layoffs (3)

Reade Pickert
Reade Pickert
Bloomberg News

As efforts to contain the coronavirus intensify, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits is poised for a historic surge.

Ohio saw almost 78,000 applications in the past three days, about fourteen times last week’s total, a state spokesperson said Wednesday. In Connecticut, about 30,000 claims have been filed since Friday, about 10 times the average weekly total, the Hartford Courant reported Tuesday. A spokesperson for Illinois said it had received more than 41,000 claims over the last two days, versus 4,445 during the same time last year.

These represent a slice of the potentially millions of Americans likely ...

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