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NY unemployment claims up 2,674 percent


NEW YORK STATE — The New York State Department of Labor announced on April 2 that 369,025 initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims were filed for the week ending March 28, 2020, representing an increase of 288,516 claims from the previous week, when 80,509 UI claims that were filed. Compared to last year, initial claims for unemployment insurance in New York State for the week ending March 28, 2020, increased by 2,674%. In each of New York’s 10 labor market regions, initial claims for UI increased by a minimum of 1,379% year-over-year.

The cumulative increase in March (for the weeks ending 3/14, 3/21 and 3/28) was nearly 425,000 compared to the same period in 2019.

“We know that businesses across the Empire State are bearing the brunt of this developing economic crisis, and that means hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers’ livelihoods are at risk. But we have a resilient workforce in New York State—and that will not be diminished,” said New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon. “The keys to the success of our economy and job market are our forward-thinking employers and the hardworking men and women who make up our workforce. Through innovative thinking, strategic partnerships, and high-quality training, we have made New York’s workforce the best in the nation, and we will continue that work. As New Yorkers weather this public health crisis, our governor and the [labor department] will be right here, working alongside all of you, to reenergize our economy and our workforce, and ensure New York State remains prosperous on the other side of this unprecedented challenge.”

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