Government Pandemic Shutdowns Leads to Historic Unemployment

MADISON, WI (Ben Caxton) — The unemployment rate in Wisconsin has reached a level not seen since the Great Depression. `The state’s jobless rate plunged, from just over three percent in March, to just over 14 percent in April. The Department of Workforce Development said preliminary estimates show that a loss of 385,900 private-sector jobs from March to April, and a total loss of 439,400 total non-farm jobs. April was the first full month of the Safer at Home order imposed by Governor Tony Evers due to the coronavirus pandemic. That forced most nonessential businesses to close and led to crippling unemployment.` The state’s unemployment rate is just below the national average of 14-point-7 percent.

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