No one really knows how many Americans need unemployment benefits

Another 1.9 million people filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, according to data released by the Labor Department on Thursday, marking 11 straight weeks in which millions of Americans have filed claims for jobless benefits.

But as the economic crisis from coronavirus-related shutdowns continues, it is becoming more difficult to keep track of exactly how many newly out-of-work Americans are receiving or waiting for unemployment benefits, analysts say. National "unemployment insurance weekly claims,".

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