Applications for unemployment benefits have filed a record number of Americans since 1967, the publication Trading Economics notes.
As a result of the week ending March 21, more than 3.2 million people in the United States applied for unemployment benefits. This is stated in the report of the US Department of Labor.
In particular, the number of Americans who applied for benefits for the first time increased from 282 thousand to 3.283 million. The report indicated that this is a record number of applications since October 1982 – then 695 thousand people filed applications. At the same time, the publication Trading Economics indicates that this is a record figure since 1967, when the United States began to keep records of unemployed.
The increase in unemployment is due to quarantine measures introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the forecast of the International Labor Organization, due to restrictive measures in connection with the pandemic, up to 25 million people around the world can lose their jobs.
The COVID-19 outbreak began in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to the American Johns Hopkins University, by March 26, more than 510 thousand people were infected with the infection worldwide, the number of deaths exceeded 22 thousand, more than 122 thousand recovered
The United States in terms of the number of cases takes the third place in the world (more than 75 thousand), more than 1 thousand Americans died from the infection.