Coronavirus continues to take an unprecedented toll on American workers. Nearly 17 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance between March 15 and April 4, as businesses around the country close their doors due to the pandemic. The Labor Department reported on Thursday morning that 6.6 million Americans filed initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending April 4. That was a slight dip from last week’s record number, which the Labor Department has revised to more than 6.8 million claims. CBS News campaign reporter Adam Brewster notes from 2009 to 2020, the U.S. economy gained about 20 million jobs. In the past three weeks, a staggering 16.78 million people have for unemployment insurance. It’s as if the entire adult populations of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin filed for employment benefits, according to the Economic Policy Institute.The American job crisis is expected to continue growing. Oxford Economics experts project as many as 30 million U.S. jobs could be lost due to Coronavirus. Also on Thursday, the U.S. Senate failed to approve legislation that would have expanded funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans to small businesses to help alleviate the effects of the Coronavirus, according to political reporter Grace Segers. FROM THE (PRESUMPTIVE) CANDIDATEJOE BIDENA day

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