BOSTON (WHDH) - Nearly 45,000 people filed for unemployment in Massachusetts last week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy.

In the week ending on May 9, the United States Department of Labor reported 44,467 initial claims filed in the Bay State. That’s down from 55,884 initial claims filed the week before.

A total of 2,981,000 laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, with roughly 36 million people filing for jobless aid since the COVID-19 outbreak began.

Have you lost your job? You may qualify for temporary income to support you while you look for a new one. To apply for unemployment benefits, click here.

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