WASHINGTON DC – Last week, another 3.8 million individuals filed for first-time unemployment benefits.
The new number brings the nation’s jobless total now 30 million, roughly 18 percent of the workforce.
A couple of months ago, new jobless claims were in the low 200,000s and stood near a 50-year low.
A few months ago, about 1.7 million Americans were collecting unemployment benefits, and America’s unemployment rate was at a half-century low of 3.5%.
Jobless claims totaled 3.84 million in the week ended April 25, reported the U.S. Labor Department.
That is down from last week, which was at 4.44 million.