translated from Spanish: Coronavirus destroys another 6.6 million jobs in the U.S. in one week.

Weekly unemployment benefit requests in the United States last week fell slightly from previous-period data to 6.6 million aid claimants, according to data published thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor.The agency has revised upward data for the week ended March 28 at 219,000 job seekers , so requests for subsidies stood at 6.87 million, the highest figure in the entire historical series. Adding up the data from the last three weeks it can be observed that the crisis generated by the Covid-19 coronavirus has led to the destruction of 16.8 million jobs in the United States.All states reported an increase in unemployment benefit demands in the last week, with California at the helm, with 925,450 applications ahead of Georgia (388,175) and Michigan (384,844).” The Covid-19 virus continues to impact the number of unemployment benefit petitions and its impact is also reflected in the high number of unemployed insured,” explained the Department of Labor.The number of unemployed recipients in the week ending March 28 experienced a bulging increase, to 7.455 million beneficiaries. This figure is the highest recorded by the Department of Labor in the entire historical series and represents a weekly increase of 4.396 million people. The previous record was reached in May 2009, when 6.635 million people receiving subsidies were recorded. Last week, the U.S. government reported that the unemployment rate rose by nine tenths in March to 4.4 percent, while 701,000 jobs were destroyed. The data, however, do not correspond to the entire employment destroyed in the third month of the year, as the office only collected data between the 8th and 14th of the month, as it usually does.

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