Over the last three weeks, more than 16 million Americans have filed jobless claims with the Department of Labor.
Here's the breakdown of the last three weeks:
- Week ending April 4: 6,606,000
- March 28: 6,867,000 (was revised higher)
- March 21: 3,307,000
Those add up to 16.8 million claims.
The US labor force had 155.8 million people in it as of March, so 16.8 million is roughly 11% of that.
Important: To be clear that's 16.8 million people who filed initial claims. These are applications. Not everyone ends up getting benefits. As of last week, 7.5 million workers filed for their second week of unemployment benefits or more. Those are people who have been approved and are actually obtaining benefits.