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33 million have sought US unemployment aid since virus hit

Nearly 3.2 million applied for unemployment benefits last week
3.1 million people filed for unemployment last week, bringing 7-week total to at least 33 million
Posted at 6:47 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 08:47:20-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3.2 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the business shutdowns caused by the viral outbreak deepened the worst U.S. economic catastrophe in decades.

Roughly 33.5 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the seven weeks since the coronavirus began forcing millions of companies to close their doors and slash their workforces.

That is the equivalent of one in five Americans who had been employed back in February, when the unemployment rate had reached a 50-year low of just 3.5%.

Utah's numbers on jobless claims for the last weeek will be released at 8:30 a.m.