CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Unemployment claims in Wyoming are surging as mandatory business shutdowns and a recommendation for people to stay at home to contain the coronavirus take an economic toll.

The 2,339 people seeking unemployment assistance through the state last week was up 350% from the week before.

Nationwide, unemployment claims were up over 1,000% to nearly 3.3 million. Wyoming to date has no statewide or local stay-at-home orders to try to limit the COVID-19 illness.

Gov. Mark Gordon instead urges people to stay at home for all but essential needs and work from home if possible. Wyoming has at least 53 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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