More than 21 million Americans have lost their jobs in the past four weeks, new figures show. This was by far the worst result of job losses.
According to the latest figures from the Department of Labor, the number of unemployed reached 5.25 million in the week ended April 11. 6.6 million applications were viewed last week.
The majority of the U.S. population is under a form of blockade due to coronavirus pandemic, leading the U.S. economy to a virtual stop and forcing large and small businesses to lay off employees.
There are forecasts that the unemployment rate could reach 20% this month, reports the BBC. The U.S. has nearly 640,000 confirmed cases of the virus, and 30,985 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.