COVID-19 unemployment claims approach 39 million since mid-March
The total number of jobless claims filed in the nine weeks since states began stay-at-home orders that temporarily closed businesses deemed nonessential now tops 38 million.
California again led all states in the number of new claims filed last week, with 246,115. New York saw the second highest number of new claims with 226,521, followed by Florida with 223,927.
The number of claims has been so massive that nine state unemployment trust funds have already applied to borrow money from the U.S. Treasury to backfill their unemployment funds.