There are 1.2 million people across New York who have filed unemployment claims over the past five weeks, Melissa DeRosa, secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, told reporters Thursday afternoon.
Of those claims, 400,000 were filed this past week.
To give a sense of comparison, “during the entirety of the 2008 crash, New York state lost 300,000 jobs,” DeRosa said.
The Department of Labor has completed 925,000 claims and 275,000 others are outstanding, according to DeRosa.
Some of the 275,000 claims are from last week and some of those claims date back to the middle of March, she said.