NEW YORK — Millions more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, as businesses continue to lay off and furlough workers amid the coronavirus outbreak.
6.6 million workers filed for their first week of unemployment benefits in the week ending March 28 — a new historic high. Economists polled by Refinitiv had expected 3.5 million claims.
A week earlier, 3.3 millionAmericans filed for their first week of benefits, which was the largest number ever at the time.
As companies continue to close their doors and shed workers to limit the spread of coronavirus throughout the population, more workers will need government aid to make ends meet.
In Tennessee, the number of workers who filed for unemployment has skyrocketed in the last two weeks.
For the week ending on March 14, approximately 2,702 Tennesseans filed for unemployment benefits. That number jumped the next week to 39,096 and 94,492 for the week ending on March 28.
According to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Northern Middle Tennessee had more than 32,000 new claims, East Tennessee had more than 20,000 and the Memphis area had 12,548.