‘I’m squeaking by right now’: voices of America’s unemployment crisis

Posted by on June 6, 2020 3:00 am
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The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the US economy, costing 42 million people to file for unemployment insurance

The coronavirus pandemic has wrought destruction on US workers at a scale and speed that is almost unfathomable. 

It was only in February that Donald Trump was touting an unemployment level of 3.5%, a 50-year low. The unemployment rate dropped on Friday to 13.3% – but is still at its highest level since the 1980s – and many economists fear the real figure is far higher.

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