Nearly 3 million apply for US unemployment benefits last week after coronavirus pandemic led more companies to shed jobs.

  • 2.981 million filed for unemployment last week vs. economist estimate of 2.7 million.
  • 36.5 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the two months since the coronavirus first forced millions of businesses to close their doors.
  • The total is by far the biggest loss in U.S. history.