Unemployment claims in Michigan and nationwide have spiked as a result of political leaders’ response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Without treatment, a vaccine or widespread testing, the best way to slow the COVID-19’s spread is to keep people home. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and many of her counterparts across the U.S. have closed schools, prohibited gatherings and ordered non-essential businesses to close.
That means a lot of people are without work. Unemployment claims doubled in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties last week compared to the week prior, while claims statewide increased by 2,250%.
Unemployed workers will get relief through a federal spending bill approved last week called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.