Unemployment rate soars past 15%; COVID-19 cases near 91,000

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Massachusetts State House

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate soared to 15.1% in April — up from about 2.8% in March — as the state’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus shuttered wide swaths of the economy.

Officials said Friday that Massachusetts lost 623,000 jobs in April.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 80 deaths Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 6,228. In addition, 805 new cases were reported, bringing the state’s case count to nearly 91,000.

Full breakdown of COVID-19 data (Mass.gov) »

An auction of one of Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl rings netted more than $1 million for coronavirus relief.

A final decision will be made in the next week or two about whether to hold the Boston Marathon in September.

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