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(Hoosiers By The Numbers)

After six weeks of steep declines, the number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits in Indiana remained largely unchanged last week. That’s based on data released Thursday by the Department of Labor.

Michigan Unemployment Skyrocketed Last Month

May 20, 2020
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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s unemployment rate rocketed in April, likely setting an all-time high at 22.7%, as coronavirus restrictions shut down businesses and put people out of work. April was the first full month of stay-home orders and business shutdowns. People have been urged to wear masks and avoid each other to reduce the spread of the virus. The state said the April jobless rate likely set a record when compared to estimates recorded since at least 1976. The previous high was 16.5% in December 1982.

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The Department of Workforce Development has paid out $1.4 billion in unemployment benefits since March, with about $440 million coming from the state. Meanwhile, the agency is still dealing with high call volumes and many unresolved claims.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 26 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,508. The state announced more than 26,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 160,000 Hoosiers tested.

(Hoosiers By The Numbers)

A little more than 30,000 Hoosiers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the economic impact of COVID-19 drags on. That adds to the quarter of a million people who continue to get unemployment benefits from the state.

Indiana Jobless Claims Reach 640,000 Since Coronavirus Hit

May 14, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About 30,000 people applied for unemployment benefits in Indiana last week even as many business restrictions stemming from the coronavirus outbreak were eased in most of the state. Federal statistics released Thursday show Indiana has had about 640,000 people seek jobless aid over the past eight weeks. Indiana reported processing nearly 69,000 applications for a separate federal program set up for the self-employed and gig workers.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 32 additional confirmed deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 1,411. The state announced more than 24,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 146,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Many workers concerned about their health as businesses reopen will lose their unemployment benefits when called back to work. There are exceptions, but they’ll be handled on a case-by-case basis.

(Hoosiers By The Numbers)

Just under 44,000 Hoosiers filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week. While that number declines, the Department of Workforce Development is still struggling to handle high call volumes. 

69K File For Michigan Unemployment; Pandemic Total Now 1.3M

May 7, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 69,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment last week, bringing Michigan's seven-week total in the coronavirus pandemic to more than 1.3 million. The number of new claims dropped for the fourth straight week but still approached the weekly high recorded in the Great Depression, according to federal data released Thursday. The state Unemployment Insurance Agency has said more than 1.1 million jobless have been paid benefits. To expedite claims for people waiting in a queue for help, Gov.

Indiana Jobless Claims Top 600,000 During Virus Outbreak

May 7, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Almost 44,000 people applied for unemployment benefits in Indiana last week from business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Federal statistics released Thursday show Indiana has had about 612,000 people seek jobless aid over the past seven weeks. Last week’s applications were the fewest the state has received during that period _ but still about 15 times more than Indiana’s weekly pace before widespread business shutdowns began in mid-March. Indiana Gov.

(Hoosiers By The Numbers)

About 57,000 Hoosiers were among the 3.8 million Americans who filed to receive unemployment benefits last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The trend is continuing downward since the state’s “Stay-At-Home” order in March.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An additional 81,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment in Michigan last week, bringing the six-week total to more than 1.2 million amid the coronavirus pandemic. The number of new filings dropped for the second straight week, according to a federal report released Thursday. Michigan has had some of the highest number of jobless claims in the country. People can get benefits for about nine months, roughly three months longer than usual. They will receive an additional $600 a week through late July under the terms of a federal relief package.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 45 additional deaths Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 706. The state announced more than 13,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 72,000 Hoosiers tested.

Indiana Tops 500,000 Job Losses

Apr 23, 2020
State of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials say more than half a million people in Indiana have applied for unemployment benefits over the past five weeks as job losses mount across the country. Indiana had about 75,000 new jobless claims filed last week. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has said he might ease some business restriction next week. But Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said Thursday some business leaders were worried about lifting restrictions too fast, which he believed risked causing renewed outbreaks.

 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's inundated unemployment system saw 134,000 new filings last week but is reporting progress in processing claims and getting money out the door during the coronavirus pandemic.

Figures released Thursday show that the state has seen nearly 1.2 million initial applications over five weeks, including 134,000 last week.

219,000 Additional Unemployment Claims Filed In Michigan

Apr 16, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An additional 219,000 people in Michigan filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total number who have lost their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic to more than 1 million. That's a staggering quarter of the state's workforce. The initial claims were among 5.2 million nationally reported by the federal government Thursday. Michigan officials continue to urge patience as the state's deluged unemployment system struggles to process claims filed online or by phone.

 

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The federal government recently issued a memo to states, including Indiana, on how to extend unemployment benefits beyond the state’s current time limit. However, it will still be several weeks before those changes are implemented.

Michigan's Website For Filing For Unemployment Goes Down

Apr 13, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s unemployment website and other online services are down. Monday is the first day self-employed workers and independent contractors can start filing claims for benefits under a federal aid package enacted because of the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesman for the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget says state networks and applications are experiencing “performance issues” causing some online services to be temporarily unavailable. Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency has been deluged by people seeking benefits.

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The country’s surge in unemployment continued another week with more than 6.5 million new applications for unemployment insurance. The state’s initial jobless claims are just under 134,000.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Indiana experienced a third week of unprecedented spikes in applications for unemployment insurance in response to massive COVID-19-related layoffs. Manufacturing-intensive areas including Elkhart and Allen counties continued to see spikes in claim numbers. 

Nearly 385,000 More File Unemployment Claims In Michigan

Apr 9, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A record 384,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment in Michigan last week amid continued punishing economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 800,000 sought jobless benefits over the past three weeks, according to figures released Thursday.

The state’s 3.6% unemployment rate could top 15% when the April employment report is released in early May.

The state has been overwhelmed by a flood of applications, and some of those out of work have had trouble applying online or by phone.

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Indiana Public Broadcasting’s digital producer Lauren Chapman and workforce reporter Justin Hicks joined Side Effects Public Media’s Brittani Howell to answer some of the questions we’ve received about the novel coronavirus and employment. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 30 additional deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 203. The state announced nearly 6,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 30,000 Hoosiers tested.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box also ordered new reporting requirements for COVID-19 to improve data collection. 

Number Of Michigan Unemployment Applicants Spikes

Apr 7, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 800,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday detailed the stunning impact of the coronavirus on the state’s economy.

Only businesses deemed essential remain open and Whitmer says her stay-at-home order will be extended in the coming days.

She says more people have applied for unemployment aid in the last two weeks than in all of 2019, when the jobless rate was below 4%.

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Tens of thousands of Hoosiers lost their jobs almost overnight due to social distancing measures that help prevent COVID-19. The sheer amount and speed of layoffs are putting enormous strain on the unemployment insurance system in Indiana. It's leaving some wondering how the system works – and if it’s prepared to handle this crisis. 

23-year-old Anne Anderson sat her kitchen table and worked on her an application to receive unemployment benefits for the first time. The gym where she worked in Bloomington closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus.

Hoosiers By The Numbers

More than 120,000 Hoosiers filed for unemployment insurance last week according to the Department of Workforce Development. The numbers released Tuesday represent the dramatic effect social distancing measures are having on the state’s workforce.

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A new federal law gives states the ability to open up their unemployment insurance benefits to self-employed workers. But it could take weeks before Indiana receives guidance on how to actually implement that change. 

The CARES Act makes self-employed workers and independent contractors eligible for pandemic unemployment assistance. They could get money to compensate for full or partial unemployment, or an inability to work due to COVID-19.

Record Numbers Of People In Michigan File For Unemployment

Mar 27, 2020
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A record 129,000 Michiganders filed claims for unemployment benefits last week amid fallout from jobs lost due to the virus outbreak.

The number of applications shattered the previous high of 77,000 in January 2009, during the Great Recession.

Applications for the week ending March 21 rose more than 23-fold from the week before and represent 3% of Michigan's total workers who are eligible for jobless benefits.

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Indiana Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne says help is coming for the self-employed and independent contractors.

Payne says the federal aid package coming through Congress allows those workers to apply for unemployment benefits. It also extends the maximum amount of time someone can access unemployment from 26 weeks to 39.

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Nearly 3-point-3 million Americans filed to receive unemployment benefits last week, the most ever in one week according to the Department of Labor. 

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