More than 5.2 million Americans filed unemployment claims last week as businesses remained mostly closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday.
State-mandated lockdowns bring the number of unemployed Americans to a record 22 million in the past four weeks.
The weekly report is the fourth straight showing more than 1 million claims.
The figures were revealed after U.S. President Donald Trump pushed recently for the country to prepare plans to reopen portions of the economy, declaring his “total” authority over the matter. However, he said Monday he would prefer to work with states to