According to the most recent unemployment numbers the total number of people who have filed for unemployment in the U.S. has reached 33.5 million in just the past seven weeks.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, 3.17 million people filed for new unemployment benefits for the week ending May 2.
California reported the most, with 318,000 new claims, whereas, Alabama reported a 62 percent decline in claims, the biggest drop from the previous week.
Many states have not been able to process the additional $600 per week federal benefit payment, which has caused consternation among state leaders and recipients alike.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called for an investigation into the collapse of his state’s unemployment system “right off the bat” in mid-March when the current wave of jobless claims began.
In Texas, more than 2 million people filed for unemployment in the state since mid-March, well over more than double the number who filed for the entire year in 2019.