U.S. Jobless Claims Jump to Two-Year High Amid Closures

The total topped all but one estimate in Bloomberg’s survey and may be poised to surge into the millions next week as much of the economy shuts down to fight the pandemic. Pantheon Macroeconomics Chief Economist Ian Shepherdson estimates 2 million claims for next week’s report. “It appears from state numbers that the order of magnitude increase compared to normal is about 10,” he said Thursday. Source: Bloomberg