Michigan lost more than a million jobs from March to April, largely due to COVID-19 related layoffs. That led to a record-setting 22-point-seven percent state unemployment rate.
That’s one in five workers without jobs. And that number does not reflect people who are employed but working reduced hours.
Jason Palmer directs the state Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. He says the job losses cut across all sectors of the economy, but especially manufacturing, retail, and hospitality.