Nearly 27,000 File for Unemployment Per Day, 1,000,000 Expected this Week
Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance made the following statement today in response to the latest weekly unemployment figures (April 19 to 25) showing approximately 900,000 Massachusetts residents have filed for unemployment. Since Governor Baker’s March 23 shut down of what he deemed “non-essential” businesses, Massachusetts has lost approximately 27,000 jobs per day. Massachusetts is expected to surpass 1,000,000 lost jobs this week.
“There is no doubt Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito care deeply about our state, and its health and economic well-being. They have done a good job at keeping the public informed and preparing them to deal with this crisis. This week, we expect to surpass 1,000,000 unemployment claims. Each day approximately 27,000 workers file for the program. The entire population of seven of the state’s fourteen counties could account for the total unemployed. One in four workers are out of work,” stated Paul D. Craney, spokesperson for Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.
“Small businesses and their workers are the backbone of the Massachusetts economy. They are ready to safely get back to work. Every one of these jobs lost is essential to the people that count on them,” concluded Craney.