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COVID-19 Impact

The unprecedented coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives in southeast Michigan and beyond. Now more than ever, data driven decision making is critical to our region as we navigate the impact of the pandemic and ultimately develop strategies for recovery and revitalization. WIN is committed to providing data and analysis specific to the COVID-19 impact on the greater southeast Michigan region as it becomes available.

In addition to the weekly analysis below, check out WIN’s public Tableau portal here to view interactive charts.

WEEK ENDING JUNE 6, 2020

Michigan saw initial unemployment insurance claims decline with 28,504 claims filed, a decline of 27.5 percent, from the week prior.

WIN can predict that the insured unemployment rate (IUR) for week ending May 30, 2020 will be around 19.6 percent, a 2.1 percentage point drop from the week ending May 23, 2020. For contextual purposes, the highest previously reported IUR in the State of Michigan was in January 2009, during the height of the Great Recession, at 8.88 percent. Read the complete analysis

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WEEK ENDING MAY 30, 2020

The State of Michigan saw initial unemployment insurance claims decline when compared to the prior week, with 41,035 initial claims filed, a decrease of 23,539 from the week prior (May 23, 2020). Michigan was tied for the second highest insured unemployment rate reported in the country for the week ending May 16, 2020, at 22.9 percent. Read the complete analysis

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WEEK ENDING MAY 23

For the week ending May 23, 2020, the State of Michigan saw initial unemployment insurance claims remain steady when compared to the prior week, with 57,714 initial claims filed. This reflects a minor increase of 999 initial claims from the week prior. Following three weeks of significant initial claim decreases and three weeks of stable initial claims levels, continued claims are beginning to trend down as well. The greatest number of new job losses and unemployment claims due to the shutdown occurred in late March and early April 2020. As parts of Michigan begin to reopen and stay at home restrictions loosen, we are likely to see these patterns continue. Read the complete analysis

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WEEK ENDING MAY 16

The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the State of Michigan jumped to 23.8 percent for the month of April, an increase of 19.8 percentage points from March 2020. To put another way, nearly a quarter of the state’s labor force is currently out of work. This is the highest unemployment rate on record in the State of Michigan since January 1983, when the unemployment rate was recorded at 17.3 percent. During the Great Recession, Michigan saw its highest unemployment rate during July 2009, at 15.4 percent. Read the complete analysis.

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WEEK ENDING MAY 9

Michigan experienced another dip in initial unemployment insurance claims when compared to the prior week, with 47,438 filed. This reflects a decrease of 19,961 initial claims, or 29.6 percent, from the week prior (May 2, 2020). This is Michigan’s fifth consecutive week of claim decreases, indicating that the greatest number of new job losses and unemployment claims due to the shutdown occurred in late March and early April, so we are likely to see these rates continue to slow. Read the complete analysis.

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WEEK ENDING MAY 2

For the week ending May 2, Michigan experienced another dip in initial unemployment insurance claims when compared to the prior week, with 68,952 claims filed. This reflects a decrease of 13,052 initial claims, or 15.9 percent, from the week prior. This is Michigan’s fourth consecutive week of claim decreases, indicating that the greatest number of new job losses and unemployment claims due to the shutdown occurred in late March and early April. Read complete report.

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WEEK ENDING APRIL 25

For the week ending April 25, 2020, the State of Michigan experienced another dip in initial unemployment insurance claims when compared to the prior week, with 81,312 initial claims filed. This reflects a decrease of 55,395 initial claims, or 40.5 percent, from the week prior (April 18, 2020). Read complete report.

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Week ending April 18

For the week ending April 18, 2020, the State of Michigan experienced a dip in initial unemployment insurance claims when compared to the prior week, with 134,119 initial claims filed. This reflects a decrease of 88,088 claims, or 39.6 percent, from the week prior (April 11, 2020). Read complete report

Michigan has the highest insured unemployment rate (IUR), or the number of individuals receiving unemployment insurance as a percentage of the jobs covered by the unemployment insurance system, reported in the country for the week ending April 4, 2020, at 17.4 percent.

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Week ending April 11

For the week ending April 11, 2020, the State of Michigan experienced a dip in initial unemployment insurance claims, with 219,320 initial claims filed. This reflects a decrease of 169,234 claims, or 43.6 percent, from the week prior (April 4, 2020). Read complete report.

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Week ending April 4

For the week ending April 4, 2020, the State of Michigan experienced a new high in initial unemployment insurance claims, with 384,844 initial claims. This reflects an increase of 80,509 claims, or 26.5 percent, from the week prior (ending March 28, 2020). Read complete report.

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Week ending March 28

For the week ending March 28, 2020, the State of Michigan experienced a new high in initial unemployment insurance claims, with 311,086 initial claims. Due to effects from the COVID-19 pandemic declared by the World Health Organization, the State of Michigan issued a Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, which took effect on March 24, 2020. Read complete report.

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Week ending March 21

For the week ending March 21, 2020, the State of Michigan experienced a historic number of initial unemployment insurance claims, with 129,298 initial claims. Due to effects from the COVID-19 pandemic declared by the World Health Organization, new executive orders were put in place to close restaurants, bars, fitness centers, libraries, museums, casinos, and theaters, as well as the closure of all schools and a ban on gatherings larger than 50 people in Michigan. Read complete report.

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