After unemployment claims spiked to historic altitudes last week, today’s numbers show the trend continuing.

Across the United States 6.6 million people have now filed for unemployment benefit claims, double the last week’s number. In Nebraska more than 25,000 have filed up nearly 9,000 from the week before when the Department of Labor said 40 percent of those claims came from food service employees laid off due to restaurant closures.

The numbers, which were already multitudes higher than ever reported in the United States, have escalated even further in a way that’s hard to conceptualize.

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Chris has worked for The Reader since January 2020. As an investigative reporter and news editor he’s taken deep dives into topics such as police transparency, affordable housing and COVID-19. Originally...

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