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Nearly 39 million have sought US jobless aid since virus hit

Officials say another 7,500 laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week....
Officials say another 7,500 laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week. (Source: MGN)(KMVT)
Published: May. 21, 2020 at 8:02 AM CDT
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More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak that triggered widespread business shutdowns two months ago and sent the economy into a deep recession.

Roughly 38.6 million people have now filed for jobless aid since the coronavirus forced millions of businesses to close their doors and shrink their workforces, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Another 2.2 million people sought aid under a new federal program for self-employed, contractor and gig workers, who are now eligible for jobless aid for the first time.

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