Report: Indiana Sees 500,000 Lost Jobs Through Past Five Weeks

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Media reports show that at least 500,000 workers in Indiana lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic across the state in recent weeks.

According to the Associated Press, more than half a million people in Indiana have applied for unemployment benefits over the past five weeks as job losses mounted because of the coronavirus pandemic, and state officials are working to possibly ease some business restrictions meant to slow the spread of the disease.

The state’s COVID-19 death toll topped 700 people on Thursday, with 45 new fatalities. Indiana University researchers also announced a statewide study aimed at determining how widely the coronavirus has been spread.

On Friday morning, the Indiana Manufacturer’s Association joined a group of Midwest manufacturers to send a joint letter to area governors. The Indiana Manufacturer’s Association hopes to work with industry leaders and government officials to help re-open the state for business.

Click here to read that joint letter circulated by the Indiana Manufacturer’s Association on Friday.

Indiana had about 75,000 new jobless claims filed last week, federal officials said Thursday. While that’s down from the more than 110,000 claims filed in each of the three previous weeks, the state was typically receiving fewer than 3,000 new claims a week before widespread business shutdowns started in mid-March.

Indiana has totaled about 515,000 jobless claims during the five-week period.

Click here to read about the new unemployment data out of Indiana, from The Elkhart Truth.

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