(WXYZ) — More 1 million people in Michigan have filed for unemployment, the state announced on Monday. That is equal to 1/4 of the state's entire workforce.
According to Jeffrey Donorfrio, the director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, these numbers are the largest in the state's history.
In video presser w/ Michigan Labor Department's Jeff Donofrio.— Ameera David (@AmeeraDavid) April 14, 2020
So far, 350 million has been paid out in unemployment claims to 600K people. Additional 700K workers approved for upcoming payments.
*Over a million now unemployed or underemployed, 1/4 of the state's workforce* pic.twitter.com/MihY1eWDIs
The state has expanded staff, and last week, the number was at more than 830,000. That jumped to more than 1 million on Monday.
Also Monday, the unemployment application window opened for those who are self-employed, independent contractors, low-wage workers or gig workers.
Michigan has seen the third largest number unemployment claims in the country behind California and Pennsylvania.
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