NEW YORK (Reuters) – Applications for unemployment insurance are skyrocketing across the United States. In Ohio, the number tripled from last week through Sunday, up to 12,000, according to the state’s governor. Calls to the Unemployment Law Project of Washington State shot up 150% in the last week, according to executive director John Tirpak.
FILE PHOTO: A “Help Wanted” sign sits in the window of a shop in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
We are only just getting started, as more businesses and institutions shut down due to coronavirus fears.
In the last few days, Tirpak has heard mostly from people with customer-facing jobs like restaurant and airline workers. “The impact of this will be disproportionately on the people who are struggling the most,” Tirpak said.
Unemployment checks can help workers stay afloat financially, but the application process is daunting, restrictions are many and rules are in flux.