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The New York State unemployment office typically gets 50,000 calls a week. Last week, it got almost 8 million

2 monthes ago   |   By Business Insider

The number of people calling about unemployment benefits in New York State has spiked to more than 150 times its usual number, according to the state's budget director.
"We usually get 50,000 calls a week," the director said in a press conference Tuesday. "We got 1.2 million calls yesterday and 7.8 million calls last week."
The number of people filing for unemployment benefits in the US hit a record high of 3.3 million for the week ending March 21.
Thousands of businesses across the country have had to close their doors and lay off workers because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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