News by the numbers: June 15–21
Stacker distills the week's news from around the world into key facts and figures. Click through to read more about some of the biggest headlines of the last week.
1.5 million more Americans file for unemployment
An additional 1.5 million more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, according to a report released by the Department of Labor. The 13-week total for unemployment figures adds up to roughly 46 million people. Roughly 20.5 million people who filed claims since mid-March are still receiving benefits.
6,200 attend Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma
President Trump’s Saturday rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma—a venue designed to hold roughly 19,000 people — drew a crowd of 6,200. Trump’s team blamed the low turnout on the media stoking fears of COVID-19 and possible protests leading up to the event.
25% increase in COVID-19 cases in the US last week
In the week ending June 21, the U.S. saw a 25% increase in COVID-19 cases compared to the week prior. Texas, Arizona, and Florida reported some of the largest spikes in confirmed cases, with increases of 84% or more week-over-week in those states.
6-3 Supreme Court vote secures LGBTQ+ workplace protections
In a landmark ruling and victory for the LGBTQ+ community, the Supreme Court established that the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, also protects gay and transgender workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The 6-3 majority opinion was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch.
5-4 Supreme Court decision protects “Dreamers”
On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration could not end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), citing a lack of proper legal justification for doing so. The program protects roughly 650,000 immigrants brought to the United States as children, commonly referred to as “Dreamers.” The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
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