The number of new applicants for unemployment benefits jumped to 542,000, the highest since 1992. What do you think?


"I hope the problem does not reach previously unscathed sectors, such as the sixth floor of the Thompson Center, cubicle 17."

Thomas Belew • Systems Analyst

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"It's not that bad. That spike just represents the new applicants. Some of those claims will doubtless get turned down."

Laura Fripp • Hair Stylist

"Does that mean the unemployment office is hiring to help process the claims?"

Paul Mastelotto • Unemployed

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