California unemployment claims surge since coronavirus outbreak

Rams quarterback Jared Goff and offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth are funding 2 million meals for Los Angeles residents to help kick off a virtual telethon that will be hosted by the Rams and ABC7 on March 24.

The Rams' telethon, in partnership with ABC7, will benefit the United Way of Greater Los Angeles' pandemic relief fund.

Goff and Whitworth are donating a combined $500,000 to the Los Angeles News Regional Food Bank to finance the meals, according to a joint statement released Thursday.

United Way LA creates a Pandemic Relief Fund to support most vulnerable populations

Donations will be used to provide disease prevention services to the homeless, to support low income workers and those at risk of becoming homeless.
"There are so many people in need right now and we want to do everything we can to help our Los Angeles community," Goff said.

The fundraiser is scheduled to be held March 24 from 4 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. More details about the event are expected to be released in the following days.

"We're here to wrap our arms around our hurting neighbours," Whitworth said, "let them know that they aren't forgotten and that we are here for them."

As more businesses shut their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, many have either lost their jobs or aren't being paid.

That's led to an increase in unemployment filings both nationwide and in Press Release Distribution Services In Los Angeles  California. And it's a trend that's likely to continue.

Gov. Gavin Newsom spelt out on Saturday examples of how the unemployment figures have shown sharp increases from day today.

At the start of the week, he said, the state saw 40,000 unemployment filings. The figure jumped to 70,000 the next day and then hit 135,000 by Thursday.

"We're filled with anxiety, a tremendous amount of uncertainty," Newsom acknowledged. "And it's understandable."

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