The real number of unemployed in the United States can be much higher due to the fact that certain categories are not allowed to apply for benefits.
Over the last week, more than 3.2 million Americans submitted their first application to receive unemployment benefits amid pandemic coronavirus COVID-19. This was reported by the Labor Department on Thursday, March 26. For the week ended March 21, the rate of initial applications taking into account seasonal fluctuations amounted to 3283000,” – said in a statement. It is noted that this is more than four times higher than the previous record high in October 1982, 695 in thousands of applications. The Ministry of labor, the US also noted that we are talking about increasing by more than 1000% compared to the figure for the previous period.
According to the newspaper the Washington Post, some Americans had to wait for hours for the government to take their application over the phone or even via the website. Many American economists, the newspaper writes, believe that the recession in the country has already begun, and by April the number of unemployed will exceed 40 million people.
At the same time, says the newspaper, the real number of unemployed may be much higher due to the fact that certain categories of self-employed, students, freelancers, recently changed jobs or have moved to another state – not allowed to apply for benefits.
Earlier it became known that the U.S. Senate approved the aid package by $2 trillion due to pandemic COVID-19. Every adult American will allocate assistance in the amount of $1200, and $500 for minors. It also envisaged lending program of $500 billion for businesses, States, and cities.
As you know, in the USA the number of victims COVID-19 exceeded 1000 people. In recent days the number of deaths in the country has increased three times. There have been more than 69 thousand cases of infection with coronavirus.