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Resume During the 15 weeks from mid-March to the end of June, Americans filed nearly 49 million new claims for unemployment benefits.

As many as 7.7 million U.S. workers have lost jobs that provided employer-sponsored insurance because of COVID-19. Nearly seven million dependents also were covered by employer-sponsored insurance through these jobs, and manufacturing workers were most affected.

The impact of the pandemic on employer-sponsored insurance is documented in a new study, “How Many Americans Have Lost Jobs with Employer Health Coverage During the Pandemic?” from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and the Commonwealth Fund. The research underscores the critical link between employment and insurance coverage for many Americans, said Sara Collins, Commonwealth Fund vice president for health care coverage, access and tracking.

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