Statewide poll: Michigan's April unemployment rate will 'exceed bleakest expectations'

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 12:47:28-04

(WXYZ) — A new statewide poll from the Detroit Regional Chamber implies that the official unemployment rate for April will exceed "bleakest expectations."

Results report that 29 percent of respondents have been furloughed, laid off or unable to work.

“The dual threat of navigating our greatest public health crisis coupled with our greatest economic crisis has placed a hereto unknown strain on Michigan families," DRC President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah said.

Among respondents that were working prior to the virus, 27.3 percent have now been forced to file for unemployment, per poll results.

Additionally, DRC reports that 69 percent of furloughed or laid off workers face catastrophic to major financial impact.

Respondents disapprove of President Trump's handling of COVID-19 by a margin of 44 to 50 percent. They approve of Gov. Whitmer's handling of the crisis by a margin of 57 to 37 percent.

The statewide general population poll involved 600 Michiganders between April 15 and 16.

View the full findings here.

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