The United States is facing an economic crisis as at least 16.8 million people have found themselves out of work over the past three weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The staggering figures represent approximately one in ten Americans who now find themselves unemployed.
It is likely that the real numbers are even higher due to backlogs of unemployment claims across numerous states in the US.
The rate of job losses is the fastest since records began in 1948 with economists predicting that more than 20 million Americans could lose their jobs this month and unemployment rates could pass 15 percent by early May.
For comparison, during the Great Depression, it took 44 weeks, or 10 months, to reach the same number of unemployment claims.
The states with the largest increases of unemployed over the past week are California, New York, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and New Jersey.
The United States currently has 465,329 confirmed coronavirus cases, almost 30 percent of the 1.6 million global infections. There has also been a total of 95,699 deaths as of today.
Source: Daily Mail