As U.S. job losses mount, the number of unemployed Americans is reaching levels last seen in the Great Depression. With another 4 million people filing for jobless benefits last week, nearly 1 in 6 workers is now sidelined, or around 25 million newly unemployed in just the past five weeks. Millions more could join them when another week’s new jobless claims are released this Thursday. America’s job losses have spread quickly from coastal states, where the coronavirus first erupted in the U.S., to the Rust Belt and the Sun Belt. In Kentucky and Michigan, around 1 in 4 workers has applied for jobless aid since mid-March, labor data show, while in Georgia, Louisiana, Nevada and Pennsylvania the figure is around 1 in 5.Hawaii, heavily dependent on tourism, has taken the hardest hit to its labor market — nearly 26% of the state’s workforce has applied for jobless benefits since mid-March as of last week. Layoffs are also widening beyond the food service, retail and leisure industries that suffered the steepest initial falls as the virus crippled the U.S. economy, largely because those businesses have already implemented massive layoffs. “They fired everyone they could fire in the low-wage, low-hour” jobs, said Dan Alpert,


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