The record-shattering spike in unemployment filings this week means a surge in Americans seeking assistance as the coronavirus pandemic triggers businesses to initiate layoffs and put expansion plans on ice.Households should act right away to make sure they get the help they need to financially protect their family and provide economic security, experts say. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, some states have waived the traditional waiting period required after receiving notice and before an employee can file.“There is absolutely no reason to delay” filing for unemployment benefits, said Heidi Shierholz, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank focusing on issues affecting low and middle income workers.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.“People are pulling back spending appropriately to save lives … the things we can’t let slip, like necessities, like rent, it’s essential that those things remain in the economy,” Shierholz said.The steps to file for unemployment vary by state. To find your state’s unemployment enrollment information, go to, a site sponsored by the Department of Labor. Hover over “COVID-19 unemployment insurance info,” click “File for unemployment benefits,” scroll down, and select your state from the drop-down

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