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More than 1 million file for unemployment in Michigan

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 17:04:58-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — More 1 million people in Michigan have filed for unemployment, the state announced on Monday.

That is equal to 1/4 of the state's entire workforce.

The number is the largest in the state's history, according to Jeffrey Donorfrio, the director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

The state has expanded staff, and last week, the number of unemployment filings was at more than 830,000.

That jumped to more than 1 million on Monday.

Also Monday, the unemployment application window opened for those who are self-employed, independent contractors, low-wage workers and gig workers.

Michigan has seen the third largest number of unemployment claims in the country, behind California and Pennsylvania.