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Nebraska unemployment surges again as virus forces closures

Nebraska unemployment surges again as virus forces closures
Coronavirus, Closings, Cancellations

Lincoln, Neb. —  Nebraska saw another record-setting surge in unemployment claims last week as the new coronavirus forced more businesses to close and lay off workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor says Nebraska officials received 24,572 unemployment claims during the week that ended March 29.

The previous record of 15,700 was set in the prior week as state officials imposed tough new restrictions on businesses and residents hunkered down at home to keep the virus from spreading. Nebraska has now had about 40,000 jobless claims in the last two weeks, which is about as many as it normally gets in a year.

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