6.6 million Americans apply for unemployment benefits in two weeks

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The number of applications in the United States for unemployment benefits due to the spread of coronavirus over the past two weeks has increased to a record 6.6 million. This is stated in a statement released on Thursday by the Ministry of Labor.

“Last week, ending March 28, the number of applications increased by 3 million 341 thousand, up to 6 million 648 thousand, compared with the previous week in 3 million 307 thousand applications,” the department said.

Over the past month, 10.4 million Americans lost their jobs and applied for benefits.

President Donald Trump signed on March 27 a law on economic stimulus measures in the amount of more than $ 2 trillion aimed at overcoming the consequences of the spread of coronavirus.

The document provides for the payment of unemployment benefits, assistance to hospitals, promotion of business and entire industries. In addition, US citizens will be able to receive lump sum payments of about $ 1.2 thousand per person.

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