Unemployment claims surging nationwide

So far, 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment, bumping the nation's rate up to 4.5% in March, a 1% increase from February

Posted: Apr 18, 2020 1:41 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2020 4:07 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - If you're unemployed now, or have ever been at any time in life, you know it's a scary time, debating how you're going to be able to survive without a steady paycheck coming in.

And the rate of those filing for unemployment keeps on climbing; so far, about 22 million people across the country have filed, with the nation's unemployment rate sitting at 4.5%, a 1% from February. In Minnesota, the unemployment rate held steady at 3.1% for March, with Iowa being a bit higher at 3.7%.

Gabe Gulick is the Regional Vice President of QPS Employment Group, whose mission is to connect people to the right job. He's seeing plenty of openings for jobs that work directly with the food supply chain, including food packaging and production, and warehousing and distribution, as well as those that specialize in medical supplies and some manufacturing, though a decrease in certain sectors like automobile and parts manufacturing. 

"Overall, we're seeing our levels of business down, compared to what it was before the pandemic hit. But we're not seeing where things have stopped, things are continuing, and we will move on."

"We have really good clients who have a lot of positions that are more entry level positions. If someone was in the retail sector, the food sector, restaurants and hospitality, they can do those entry level positions...and they're willing to train and coach those people to get them engaged in the workforce and help those folks out."

However, he does predict brighter days ahead.

"I've actually been on a couple of calls with organizations that do long term forecasting, and they agree with that thought process. Once people are able to get out, they can work and spend again, we will see an uptick in things very, very quickly."

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 56560

Reported Deaths: 1656
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Hennepin18009819
Ramsey6944261
Dakota3991103
Anoka3365113
Stearns283120
Washington191743
Nobles17466
Olmsted162923
Scott139014
Mower10812
Rice9998
Blue Earth8525
Wright8135
Carver7792
Clay74540
Kandiyohi6761
Sherburne6497
St. Louis43619
Todd4202
Lyon4163
Freeborn3541
Steele3301
Nicollet31213
Benton3063
Watonwan2980
Winona24716
Crow Wing21313
Martin2045
Le Sueur2011
Beltrami1930
Chisago1791
Goodhue1768
Otter Tail1763
Cottonwood1710
Becker1431
Pipestone1439
Unassigned14040
McLeod1380
Itasca13212
Polk1313
Douglas1300
Waseca1280
Pine1270
Carlton1250
Dodge1230
Murray1221
Isanti1100
Chippewa981
Brown852
Faribault830
Meeker832
Morrison831
Wabasha810
Sibley792
Koochiching743
Rock740
Pennington721
Jackson700
Mille Lacs653
Fillmore610
Renville595
Cass582
Lincoln540
Swift521
Grant491
Yellow Medicine490
Roseau460
Pope430
Houston390
Norman340
Redwood300
Kanabec291
Hubbard280
Marshall280
Wilkin283
Aitkin270
Mahnomen231
Wadena230
Big Stone220
Red Lake200
Lake180
Clearwater150
Stevens150
Traverse100
Lac qui Parle60
Kittson40
Cook20
Lake of the Woods10

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Confirmed Cases: 45774

Reported Deaths: 883
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk9723203
Woodbury365151
Black Hawk300362
Linn210887
Johnson193315
Dallas178935
Buena Vista178512
Scott159312
Dubuque153729
Marshall138924
Pottawattamie121723
Story110914
Wapello84932
Muscatine82648
Webster7255
Crawford7193
Sioux5952
Cerro Gordo57617
Tama53729
Warren5281
Jasper45524
Plymouth4438
Wright4431
Louisa37914
Dickinson3754
Clinton3173
Washington28710
Hamilton2411
Boone2282
Franklin2205
Bremer1877
Clarke1863
Carroll1811
Emmet1791
Clay1711
Hardin1650
Shelby1611
Marion1530
Allamakee1514
Poweshiek1468
Benton1431
Jackson1411
Des Moines1392
Mahaska13617
Floyd1292
Guthrie1265
Jones1242
Cedar1201
Hancock1172
Butler1142
Henry1133
Pocahontas1131
Buchanan1111
Lyon1020
Madison1022
Clayton983
Cherokee971
Harrison970
Lee953
Taylor930
Humboldt921
Delaware901
Monona900
Iowa891
Winneshiek851
Calhoun822
Mills820
Fayette810
Sac810
Palo Alto790
Kossuth780
Jefferson770
Osceola770
Mitchell760
Page760
Winnebago760
Grundy741
Union701
Monroe677
Worth610
Chickasaw510
Cass481
Davis481
Howard480
Lucas454
Montgomery433
Appanoose423
Greene380
Fremont350
Van Buren321
Keokuk301
Ida290
Audubon281
Decatur220
Adair210
Ringgold211
Adams160
Wayne161
Unassigned80
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