As of this week, one out of every six Americans is out of work. In the last six weeks, more than 30 million people have filed unemployment claims as businesses have laid off or furloughed workers due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many still have bills to pay and are struggling to put food on the table. Yet, just 29 percent of applicants received unemployment benefits in March. Soledad O’Brien speaks with Hiedi Shierholz, a senior economist with the Economic Policy Institute, about what’s behind the backlog.



Related Videos