Record 3.3 million Americans file for unemployment as the US tries to contain Covid-19

Labor department figures show the number of claims rose to 3.3 million, beating a previous record of 695,000 in October 1982

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A record 3.3 million people filed claims for unemployment in the US last week as the Covid-19 pandemic shut down large parts of America’s economy.

According to the labor department, the number of new jobless claims filed by individuals seeking unemployment benefits rose by more than three million to 3.28m from 281,000 the previous week. The figure is the highest ever reported, beating the previous record of 695,000 claims filed the week ending 2 October 1982.

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