US unemployment surges to a Depression-era level of 14.7%

A “Covid kills businesses too” sign is shown outside Euro Treasures Antiques on Friday in Salt Lake City. (AP Photos/Rick Bowmer)

Josh Rosenthal holds a “closed until everyone is safe” sign as he sits in Creek Tea in Salt Lake City on Thursday.

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus crisis has sent U.S. unemployment surging to 14.7%, a level last seen when the country was in the throes of the Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt was assuring Americans that the only thing to fear was fear itself.