WASHINGTON

More than 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as businesses remained shuttered or heavily drawn down due to the novel coronavirus, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Labor Department. 

New claims bring to 16.8 million the number of Americans filing for unemployment in the past three weeks as one in 10 workers have lost jobs. Roughly 151 million people were on payrolls in the last monthly jobs report.

Successive states have imposed measures meant to keep residents at home, including shuttering non-essential businesses, and many who are deemed essential, like restaurants, continue operations with

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