Record numbers of people file for unemployment benefits in South Dakota, nationwide


WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, far exceeding a record high set just last week, a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus.

The job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses close across the world. Last week’s figure is much higher than the previous record of 3.3 million reported for the previous week.

The surging layoffs have led many economists to envision as many as 20 million lost jobs by the end of April.

According to numbers from the South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation, during the week of March 22-28, a total of 6,645 initial weekly claims for unemployment benefits were filed with in the state. This is an increase of 5,132 claims over the prior week’s total of 1,513.

“Remember these tips to make the initial claims process go more smoothly,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “File online at Write down your username and password. Read the packet of information you get in the mail. Complete your weekly request for payment. And please, be patient.”

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