From the Wall Street Journal this morning:
"Workers filed 2.4 million unemployment claims last week, a slight drop-off from previous weeks since the economic fallout from the coronavirus began."
This means that more than 38 million people have filed for unemployment benefits in just the last nine weeks.
"Hundreds of thousands of self-employed and gig-economy workers are receiving unemployment benefits for the first time through a temporary coronavirus-related program, but those claims aren’t reflected in overall totals since the pandemic started more than two months ago," the Journal writes.
"The omission of self-employed workers means the actual number of people seeking claims has been higher since the federal program called pandemic unemployment assistance, included in a stimulus package approved in late March, got under way.