U.S. unemployment claims surpass 30 million since pandemic 

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The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits has surpassed 30 million since the coronavirus pandemic began six weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday. Government figures show that 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for jobless benefits last week. “As states begin the process of reopening and Americans return to work, today’s unemployment report reflects once again the hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The President’s actions and policies will continue to support American workers during this crisis. All 50 states are now delivering the $600 additional weekly unemployment benefit provided by the CARES Act,” Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia said Thursday

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