Some states have been hit harder than others by massive layoffs amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the week ending March 21, a record 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits, nearly 12 times the number just a week before.
Every state posted an increase in unemployment filings in the same week, with some seeing drastic upticks in the number of people seeking benefits from the previous week.
“Nearly every state providing comments cited the COVID-19 virus impacts,” the Labor Department wrote in the report released Thursday.
“States continued to cite services industries broadly, particularly accommodation and food services,” according to the report. “Additional industries heavily cited for the increases included the health care and social assistance, arts, entertainment and recreation, transportation and warehousing, and manufacturing industries.”
Across the US, more than 20 states have either implemented stay-at-home orders encouraging people to go out only for essential activities such as picking up medicine, or have closed all non-essential businesses, shutting down bars, restaurants, casinos, and more. The measures have been put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases, the illness caused by the coronavirus.
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