Washington — Americans applied for unemployment benefits in huge numbers for a third straight week, bringing the total to about 16.8-million during the coronavirus pandemic’s economic shutdown.

A total of 6.61-million filed jobless claims in the week ended April 4, according to US labour department figures released on Thursday, as more states ordered residents to stay home and overwhelmed unemployment offices continue to work through applications...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now