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How Much Did Unemployment Spike in Washington, D.C. Last Month?

Cheapism Logo By Mia Taylor of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 52: Startling numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor show COVID-19 unemployment claims shattering all records. Advance figures for claims for unemployment assistance for the week ending March 28 was 6.6 million — up 3.3 million from just the previous week, which already was record-setting. It's the highest level of initial claims in the history of tracking such data: Before the emergence of coronavirus, the highest number of unemployment claims was 700,000 in 1982, and this is 10 times that, nearly matching the full crash of 2008 in just two weeks. In many states, it's shocking to see how quickly unemployment claims have risen from the start of March to the end. Related: Is Your State Doing Enough to Combat the Coronavirus?

Broken Record

Startling numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor show COVID-19 unemployment claims shattering all records. Advance figures for claims for unemployment assistance for the week ending March 28 was 6.6 million — up 3.3 million from just the previous week, which already was record-setting. It's the highest level of initial claims in the history of tracking such data: Before the emergence of coronavirus, the highest number of unemployment claims was 700,000 in 1982, and this is 10 times that, nearly matching the full crash of 2008 in just two weeks. In many states, it's shocking to see how quickly unemployment claims have risen from the start of March to the end.

Related: Is Your State Doing Enough to Combat the Coronavirus?

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