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U.S. Jobless Claims Are Poised for Historic Surge

  • Reports show filings are soaring from Ohio to Connecticut
  • New York seeing unprecedented surge in calls, web traffic
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As efforts to contain the coronavirus intensify, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits is poised for a historic surge.

Ohio saw almost 78,000 applications in the past three days, about fourteen times last week’s total, a state spokesperson said Wednesday. In Connecticut, about 30,000 claims have been filed since Friday, about 10 times the average weekly total, the Hartford Courant reported Tuesday. A spokesperson for Illinois said it had received more than 41,000 claims over the last two days, versus 4,445 during the same time last year.