Due to the recent covid-19 situation, more than a hundred thousand workers filed for unemployment aid in Michigan from April 12 to 18 bringing the state to roughly 1.18 million since the onset of the pandemic. Across the U.S., 4.4 million people filed for unemployment benefits according to the Associated Press.
After Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel passed the layoffs of more than a quarter of her workforce, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has followed suit as well. Temporary layoff notices were sent which prompted workers to file during off hours between 8PM to 8AM asking claimants to file based on their last name.
Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio has this to say about the situation, stating that, “We are committed to providing this emergency financial assistance to Michigan workers as quickly as possible, but we know we still have a lot of work left to do to get every dollar in benefits to the working families that need it most. We’re working around the clock to add capacity to the system so that we can continue to process all claims during this historic demand for benefits.”
Some of Michigan’s hospital systems have announced temporary layoffs as well to address lost revenue because of the absence of elective procedures, shutdown of outpatient clinics and the cost of personal protective equipment.
According to Governor Whitmer, “I know it’s been difficult for folks in our state, but we are getting through this and we are going to get through this together. We’ve got to get this right. That’s the most important thing.”
Gov. Whitmer’s office assures that employees will still retain their health insurance and other benefits. Aside from that, they will automatically be enrolled to receive unemployment benefits.
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