More and more Americans need help these days. More than 3.25 million workers filed for unemployment benefits a week ago and that's five times the previous record high.

Every state is feeling the pinch, but Louisiana is particularly hard hit. by this medical crisis. reports the Bayou State numbers are up 35 times from the previous week. More than 70,000 people filed for help during the 2nd to last week of March.


The report shows Georgia and Utah were the only two states where jobless claims did not double from previous weeks.

Click here to find out how to apply for unemployment in Louisiana.

The total labor force in the U.S. is about 165 million in the 50 states. The claims for more than 3 million represents about 2% of the labor force. Normally about .15% of the labor force files for unemployment help.

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