Offbeat USA: Still more than 2 million new registered unemployed
Almost 39 million unemployed in the Corona crisis in the United States
© Olivier DOULIERY Almost 39 million people in the United States have lost their jobs since the middle of March during the Corona crisis. Between May 10 and May 16, 2.43 million more people registered as unemployed. Nearly 39 million people in the United States lost their jobs in the Corona crisis in mid-March. Unemployment has weakened over the past week, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday. According to this, 2.43 million other people registered as unemployed between May 10 and 16.
USA-UNEMPLOYMENT-REGISTRATIONS: USA: Still more than 2 million new registered unemployed
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Weekly jobless claims in the United States fell last week but remain at an extremely high level, disruption from the new coronavirus triggering a second wave of layoffs.
The requests for unemployment benefits during the week to May 16 fell to 2,438,000 against 2,687,000 (revised) the previous week, announced Thursday the Labor Department. Economists expected an average of 2.4 million jobless claims.
Registrations for the previous week have been revised down from an initial estimate of 2,981,000.
Police: Unemployed man says he robbed store to feed family
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An unemployed Florida man accused of robbing a beauty supply store told police he was trying to get money to feed his family, an arrest report said. Manuel Edgardo Zomora Torres, 40, apologized to officers when they arrested him on Saturday, the Palm Beach Post reported. Boynton Beach police investigators said Zomora Torres wore a camouflage bandana and blue gloves when he pointed a gun at a Sally’s Beauty Supply employee on Saturday and took an undisclosed amount of cash, the report said.Zamora Torres sped away when officers approached his vehicle at a red light, driving on the sidewalk to get away, the report said.
This statistic, the most recent on the state of health of the American economy, could provide first indications on the rate of hirings as more and more companies resume their activities and on the success of the governmental system of aid to small and medium-sized enterprises.
The containment measures adopted from mid-March to contain the pandemic led to the largest drop in the number of jobs in April since the Great Depression.
If weekly jobless claims remain at a considerable level, they are gradually decreasing since the record of 6.867 million reached during the week to March 28. The four-week moving average fell to 3,042,000 from 3,543,000 (revised) the previous week. The number of people regularly receiving compensation amounted to 25,073 million during the week to May 9 (last week for which these figures are available) against 22,548 million the previous week.
(Lucia Mutikani, Laetitia Volga for French service, edited by Patrick Vignal)
Jobless claims rise by nearly 3M, bringing COVID-related total to 36.5 million .
Filings for unemployment claims rose by just shy of 3 million for the most recent reporting period, a number that while still high declined for the sixth straight week, according to Labor Department figures Thursday. The total 2.981 million new claims for unemployment insurance brought the coronavirus crisis total to nearly 36.5 million, by far the biggest loss in U.S. history. Last week’s count was revised up by 7,000 to 3.176 million.Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 2.7 million new claims.Stock market futures moved lower following the numbers.