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Unemployment Spike: Conn. Reports Greatest Number Of Claims In A Single Day

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AP

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says 10,000 state residents filed for unemployment benefits on Monday as a result of the coronavirus.

Lamont says that’s probably the highest number of people to file for unemployment in the state in a single day.

“Usually when a recession comes in a place like Connecticut, maybe the numbers go up to maybe 5,000 people a week applying for unemployment comp. Yesterday 10,000 people applied to the Department of Labor for unemployment compensation. It gives you the scale of what we are trying to work.”

Lamont says Connecticut needs federal help. He says the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week is a start because it allows the state flexibility in administering unemployment benefits. And the direct cash payments to Americans being considered by Congress and the White House would also help.

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