Millions of Americans suddenly out of work because of pandemic

As the nation’s biggest cities shut down, 3 million U.S. workers are expected to file for unemployment, the highest level ever.
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Back home to the millions of Americans suddenly out of work. Losing jobs overnight and rushing to file for unemployment. Reporter: 3 million Americans are expected to file unemployment claims next week. Tonight, Michigan, Minnesota, and Connecticut, all seeing a spike in jobless claims. This Huntington Beach brewery owner laying off his own family. We may have laid off our four sons, but we still get together here at work each day. We find things to do. Reporter: The nation's biggest cities, shut down, as more states order non-essential businesses to close their doors. This movie theater in Hollywood with a message -- "Stay safe." The normally bustling New Orleans French quarter, just weeks ago filled with mardi gras revelers, is now a ghost town. But amid all the negative headlines, glimmers of hope. Small businesses stepping up. I think anybody that finds themselves in a war, and we're in a World War right now, if they can, they step up. Reporter: Chicago's Koval distillery known for high-end whiskey, now making hand sanitizer. We've completely shifted all production to be making this. Reporter: We are on a normally packed Hollywood and highland. Shops here boarded up. Clearly a sign of the times. The government is working on a bill to get checks to Americans, depending on how much you make. First report here tonight. Welcome.

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