This week: 3.2 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, the US Department of Labor said on Thursday
In the last 7 weeks: Now 34 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits.
But last week also marked the fifth week in a row that the number of initial claims fell. It peaked at 6.9 million in the last week of March. Economists say the downward trend is a good sign that things aren’t getting worse. But still, millions of new claims each week don’t help the brutal overall picture of the job market during this pandemic.