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Pennsylvania unemployment claims jump to nearly 650K

As expected, unemployment claims in Pennsylvania have skyrocketed since the governor began implementing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The state Department of Labor has reported that nearly 649,967 unemployment claims have been filed since March 16.

March 16 was the day most companies began implementing shut downs and other preventative measures.

51,320 claims were made that day. By comparison, there were 4,227 claims filed the day prior.

The peak number of claims so far were on Friday, March 20 when 90,677 claims were filed.

The state has temporarily waived some requirements to make it easier for workers impacted by COVID-19 to file for unemployment compensation benefits.

Nationally, unemployment claims are also breaking records.

The U.S. Department of labor is reporting that initial jobless claims hit 3.28 million for the week ended March 21. That’s the highest number of weekly claims since the DOL began tracking numbers in the 1960s.

Stacy Wescoe
Writer Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at swescoe@bridgetowermedia.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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