(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) -- The number of workers claiming new unemployment benefits jumped to 6.6 million last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, as the economic shutdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus spurred layoffs on an unprecedented scale.
Economists projected that between 2.5 million to 7.5 million jobs would be lost last week.
Over 15 million people have lost their job in the last three weeks, the jobless claims numbers show. Over 6 million jobs were lost the week ending March 28. For the preceding week, 3.2 million requested unemployment benefits.
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