By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON (AA) – More than 4.4 million more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the US continues to grapple with economic repercussions from the novel coronavirus, according to data released Thursday by the Labor Department.

In all, 4,427,000 jobless claims were filed, representing a week-on-week decrease of 810,000 claims. The five-week total for those who have lost jobs during the pandemic now exceeds 26 million.

That means about all the jobs added to the U.S. workforce since the 2008 Great Recession have now been lost in a little more than a month, according to multiple

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