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Over a Fourth of Michigan’s Workforce Has Filed for Unemployment

Empty chairs are seen inside American Coney Island restaurant in Detroit, Michigan on April 4, 2020. 

Empty chairs are seen inside American Coney Island restaurant in Detroit, Michigan on April 4, 2020. 

Photographer: Emily Elconin /Bloomberg

The state of Michigan, one of the hardest hit by the spread of the coronavirus, has seen more than a quarter of its workforce file for unemployment benefits.

The number of Covid-19 cases has climbed to 25,635, while the death toll has reached 1,602, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced during a press conference Monday. More than 1 million Michiganders have sought jobless benefits, according to the state’s labor department.