Editors, USA TODAY Published 3:21 a.m. ET April 9, 2020 | Updated 6:25 a.m. ET April 9, 2020CLOSEEconomists anxiously await jobless claims figureMore tough economic news is likely on tap Thursday when the Labor Department reports unemployment claims for the week ending April 4. A stunning 10 million Americans have sought unemployment benefits in the past two weeks, reflecting the damage caused by the coronavirus crisis. That figure exceeds the nearly 9 million who lost jobs from 2008 to 2010 amid the Great Recession. And more is still to come, experts say: Gregory Daco of Oxford Economics expects a total of 22 million job losses by May, pushing the historically low 3.5% unemployment rate to 12% before the outbreak eases.Layoffs’ impact:Which states will be hit hardest?CLOSE Do you qualify for unemployment? Veuer’s Elizabeth Keatinge has more. Buzz60Prefer to listen? Check out the 5 things podcast below and subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts:Americans could start receiving stimulus checks todayMillions of taxpayers could begin receiving the much-awaited stimulus cash by direct deposit as early as Thursday. The first group — estimated to cover 50 million to 60 million Americans — would include people who have already given their bank account information to the IRS. The group


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