More than 3 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits as the pandemic continues to wreak economic havoc.
The US Department of Labour said 3.3 million people had applied for social welfare, up from 283,000 the previous week and far surpassing expectations of less than 2 million.
Despite the historic single-week job losses, stock markets continued to rally as hopes that stimulus plans agreed in recent days will kickstart a recovery.
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