Another 6.6 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims last week amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Labor Department said Thursday. This nearly matches last week's record number, which has now been revised up to 6.8 million. The week prior, about 3.3 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims. Each of these past three weeks has far exceeded the pre-coronavirus record of 695,000 unemployment claims filed during a week in October 1982, and they add up to more than 16 million Americans who have filed for unemployment during that time. For comparison, 15 million jobs were lost over the course of 18 months during the Great Recession.

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