HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Unemployment compensation claims have vaulted Pennsylvania past 1 million since the coronavirus began taking a severe toll on the economy in mid-March.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia is reporting the first coronavirus-related death of a police officer, Lt. James Walker, who died Sunday.
Last week’s jobless claims exceeded 283,000, pushing the state past the 1 million mark. The state has pressed for business shutdowns to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Pennsylvania is reporting almost 13,000 cases and 162 coronavirus-related deaths through Sunday.
Meanwhile, 4,550 employees of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will join another roughly 9,000 state employees who are going on unpaid leave after Friday.
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