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Around 370K new unemployment claims made this week across New York

There was another flood of unemployment claims in New York as the economy grinds to a halt in response to the Coronavirus or COVID-19.

The Department of Labor says that 369,025 claims were filed last week. That’s more than 80,000 cases over last week’s historic flood of claims.

Businesses across the state have been forced to close their doors amid the pandemic, causing recent influxes in the number of people filing for unemployment.

The Department of Labor’s website has struggled over the last two weeks. Governor Cuomo issued an apology for that earlier. He said that the state had to do better, and noted that there were firms looking into the problem.

“We know that businesses across the Empire State are bearing the brunt of this developing economic crisis, and that means hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers’ livelihoods are at risk,” Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said. “But we have a resilient workforce in New York State, and that will not be diminished. The keys to the success of our economy and job market are our forward-thinking employers and the hardworking men and women who make up our workforce. Through innovative thinking, strategic partnerships, and high-quality training, we have made New York’s workforce the best in the nation, and we will continue that work.”

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