The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor reported that more than 3 million new jobless claims were filed over the past week as states grapple with reopening local economies.
The new data showed a decrease of more than 600,000 claims from the previous week, but brings the total unemployment claims filed during the coronavirus pandemic to more than 313 million. Top economic advisers in the White House have predicted massive drops in the national gross domestic product in both the second and third quarter as a result of the unemployment numbers. Yet President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated he believes the economy is primed for a rebound after state economies fully reopen.
The president stated over the weekend that in order to address the unemployment figures, he wants to make a payroll tax cut a part of the upcoming Phase 4 coronavirus stimulus bill. The proposal is widely opposed by members of both parties and was removed from previous legislation, despite the president’s support. (RELATED: McConnell Preparing New Bargaining Chip That Would Guarantee Phase 4 Bill Includes White House’s Employer Liability Protections)
Still, markets rallied significantly in April, posting historic gains on the prospective news surrounding Gilead Sciences’ anti-coronavirus therapeutic, Remdesivir, and the half-trillion-dollar refueling of the Small Business Adminsitration’s Payment Protection Program.
This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.