随着一些州解除遏制封锁，重新开放经济，这一数字可能会下降。尽管如此，除非有更多和针对性更强的政府支持，否则 “我们甚至不再会把10%-12%的失业率认知为严重的水平。” 他说到。
The US is doomed to see prolonged unemployment in the double-digits without further government stimulus, according to Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.
"We have a very weak labor market," Stiglitz told Bloomberg television in a interview, adding that the US is moving toward an unemployment rate of at least 25%.
That rate might abate naturally as some states reopen their economies following lockdowns to contain COVID-19. Still, unless there is more and better-targeted government support, "we won't be back anywhere near to what we would normally say is a terrible level of, say, 10% to 12%," he said.
In addition, Stiglitz said that the $3 trillion the US government has already spent on coronavirus relief is a "poorly designed" program. Other countries abroad have spent less and avoided the same spike in unemployment, he said.
The only way out of the coronavirus-induced economic downturn in the next 24 months or so is adequate government support, Stiglitz said.
"The uncertainty associated with the pandemic is not likely to go away," Stiglitz said. Unless there is a vaccine developed soon - which he thinks is a low possibility - the uncertainty of the outbreak and devastation to households means that demand will stay depressed without further government aid.