By the Numbers: Jobs Market Shaken by COVID-19

Uncategorized  |  April 7, 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released March unemployment figures that are trending up since the arrival of COVID-19; meanwhile, foodbanks are seeing increased demand and new clients.

7,000 – Ohio unemployment claims made during the week of March 8, 2020 through March 14, 2020.

187,000 – Ohio unemployment claims made during the week of March 15, 2020 through March, 21, 2020, more than 25 times higher than the previous week.

272,000 – Ohio unemployment claims made during the week of March 22, 2020 through March 28, 2020, breaking the all-time record for most Ohio unemployment claims filed in a week for the second week in a row.

364,000 – The total number of all 2019 Ohio unemployment claims, compared to the 468,000 Ohio unemployment claims filed between March 15, 2020 and March 28, 2020.

3.5 percent – Nationwide unemployment in February, according to BLS.

4.4 percent – Nationwide unemployment in March, according to BLS.

701,000 – Jobs lost nationwide in March, according to BLS.

1975 – The last time the United States experienced a greater over-the-month increase in unemployment, more than 45 years ago.

100 to 500 percent – Increased demand seen at Ohio foodbanks since the arrival of COVID-19, according to Ohio Association of Foodbanks Executive Director Lisa Hamler-Fugitt. (See The Hannah Report, 4/3/20.)

60 to 75 percent – Percentage of foodbank clients who are seeking food assistance for the first time, according to Hamler-Fugitt.

$25 million – Amount sought by foodbanks in emergency funding to address current demand.

Story originally published in The Hannah Report on April 6, 2020.  Copyright 2020 Hannah News Service, Inc.