2.1M more Americans file for unemployment, bringing 10-week total to more than 40 million amid coronavirus

The number of Americans struggling to make ends meets continues to grow, even as the economy begins to restart after virtually shutting down to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

About 2.1 million Americans filed initial unemployment benefit claims last week, the Labor Department said Thursday

In just ten weeks, 40.7 million have sought jobless benefits that represent the nation’s most reliable gauge of layoffs.

Unemployment claims are soaring as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down businesses.

*story by USA Today