That's three and a half times the total benefits paid past year, state officials said Wednesday.
To put into context, the previous record for new weekly unemployment filings was 695,000 in 1982.
The CDLE officials said that the department had received about 600 reports of job refusals as the state moved to the safer at home phase and businesses started reopening and that most employees had refused on the basis that they had underlying medical conditions or are caring for a dependent who has underlying medical issues.
Nationwide, almost 3 million laid-off workers applied for USA unemployment benefits last week.
Another week, another staggering number of people filing for unemployment benefits in the United States.
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Total jobless claims over the past four weeks have totaled 66,581. Continuing claims edged up to 22.8 million in the week ending May 2, a rise from 22.4 million, the latest data showed.
The state reported fewer layoffs last week in the transportation and warehousing, retail trade and construction industries.
That is pushing the unemployment rate closer to Depression-era levels as well, jumping to 14.7 percent in April with 20.5 million job losses in a single month as governments ordered businesses closed to stop the spread of the virus that has killed more than 84,000 people in the United States.
Even as many states across the country began easing restrictions and slowly reopening their economies, 2.98 million Americans filed for new unemployment benefits for the week ending May 9, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor. That brings the eight-week total to 36.5 million.
Michael Lucci, president and publisher of 50economy.org, last week placed the real-time unemployment rate in the U.S.at 23.8 percent through April 25.