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COVID-19 could boost unemployment rates to 23 percent by this summer


Michigan economists say the coronavirus could bring state unemployment to levels unseen since the Great Depression. 

The U.S. Labor Department reported more than 800,000 Michigan residents have filed for unemployment insurance since March 15th.

Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard cited a University of Michigan study that predicts state unemployment could hit 23 percent in the second quarter of this year.

“Which is Great Depression levels…far above the level that we saw during the Great Recession of a decade ago,” said Ballard.

Another study by the firm Moody’s Analytics finds the national daily output of goods and services has dropped 29 percent since mid-March. 

Ballard said that’s a greater drop in four weeks than during the four years between 1929 and 1933.