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Unemployment rose in all 50 US states in April: Labor Department’s BLS

Friday, 22 May 2020 4:56 PM  [ Last Update: Friday, 22 May 2020 4:56 PM ]

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

In this file photo taken on March 26, 2020, the US Department of Labor Building in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

The US Labor Department has said that unemployment rates rose in all 50 American states and the District of Columbia in April.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday that this happened because businesses were closed across the United States in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic that has killed at least 95,000 and infected more than 1.58 million people in the US.

According to the data, 43 states set record-high levels of unemployment last month, with the highest being in Nevada, the state with the greatest reliance on the hard-hit food services and hospitality industry.

A total of 38.5 million Americans have filed unemployment claims since mid-March following the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, according to reports.

The Labor Department said Thursday that about 2.4 million Americans filed initial unemployment benefit claims just last week.

The unemployment crisis has sparked protests against lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

US weekly jobless claims remain high as backlogs, layoffs lingerMore than 2.4 million people applied for US unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak.

Protesters across the US called on governors to rethink the restrictions as sweeping stay-at-home orders in 42 states have shuttered businesses, disrupted lives and destroyed the economy.


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