More than 1 million file for unemployment in Michigan

Unemployment drops to lowest level since 1973
Posted at 3:38 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 10:19:17-04

(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.

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According to Jeffrey Donorfrio, the director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, these numbers are the largest in the state's history.

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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