Mississippi sees sharp rise in unemployment during pandemic

Mississippi, like other states, continues to see a steep rise in the number of people seeking temporary unemployment benefits as more businesses close or furlough workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Apr 9, 2020 4:06 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi, like other states, continues to see a steep rise in the number of people seeking temporary unemployment benefits as more businesses close or furlough workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 46,000 applications for jobless benefits were submitted in Mississippi during the week that ended April 4, the U.S. Employment and Training Administration said Thursday. That is a 45% increase from the previous week and a 4,800% increase from the same week in 2019.

“One in ten US workers lost their jobs these last few weeks,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday on Twitter. “Mississippi is facing this same crisis — and it is a true crisis for working people.”

The Nissan factory near Canton, Mississippi, announced this week that it is furloughing 4,000 hourly employees through April 27. Many restaurants in the state remain open for carryout or delivery service, and some are operating with fewer employees. Barber shops, salons and many retail stores are closed.

The state Health Department said Thursday that Mississippi’s overall coronavirus caseload grew to at least 2,260 infections and 76 deaths as of Wednesday evening. That is an increase of 257 cases and nine deaths from the previous day. The outbreak has spread to at least 44 long-term care facilities.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.

Reeves issued a statewide stay-at-home order that took effect Friday and remains in place until the morning of April 20. The governor has asked people to work from home if possible, and he has banned gatherings of 10 or more people.

Reeves also has said repeatedly that he does not believe government can force churches to close, but he is asking people to worship online or at home.

Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons said Thursday that his city tightened rules for churches Tuesday because a majority of COVID-19 cases there “were caused because people went to church or a church gathering” such as weddings or funerals.

“We saw a large number of churches, even after March 20, still holding services of 50 or 60 people," Simmons said during a conference call for mayors in cities along the Mississippi River.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 512632

Reported Deaths: 10262
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34853555
DeSoto33162432
Hinds32556641
Jackson24830389
Rankin22442402
Lee16238242
Madison14874283
Jones14086247
Forrest13741259
Lauderdale12249324
Lowndes11286193
Lamar10644140
Pearl River9707244
Lafayette8827143
Hancock7835132
Washington7550169
Oktibbeha7204138
Monroe6989179
Pontotoc6970109
Warren6849178
Panola6746134
Neshoba6726210
Marshall6653141
Bolivar6440151
Union633897
Pike5924156
Alcorn5862107
Lincoln5525136
George510180
Prentiss500884
Tippah490282
Itawamba4829107
Scott477499
Adams4766125
Tate4748116
Leflore4723144
Copiah455895
Yazoo455591
Simpson4543117
Wayne442772
Covington432895
Sunflower4299106
Marion4265112
Coahoma4227109
Leake413790
Newton395581
Tishomingo381793
Grenada3775109
Stone365666
Jasper340166
Attala337790
Winston317792
Chickasaw313367
Clay311878
Clarke301195
Calhoun284449
Holmes271289
Smith268952
Yalobusha243747
Tallahatchie231453
Greene224749
Walthall221366
Lawrence217840
Perry213356
Amite209557
Webster205148
Noxubee188642
Montgomery181557
Carroll174441
Jefferson Davis173643
Tunica163239
Benton152639
Kemper144941
Choctaw136527
Claiborne134238
Humphreys131139
Franklin124929
Quitman107528
Wilkinson105939
Jefferson96834
Sharkey65121
Issaquena1957
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 844951

Reported Deaths: 16115
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1161002006
Mobile741871379
Madison53279732
Shelby38325368
Baldwin38068589
Tuscaloosa36009641
Montgomery34482781
Lee25550263
Calhoun22585518
Morgan22451406
Etowah20013517
Marshall18777316
Houston17727425
St. Clair16875358
Limestone16135218
Cullman16044303
Elmore15904294
Lauderdale14968306
Talladega14189299
DeKalb12967269
Walker12020380
Blount10714192
Autauga10517157
Jackson10157194
Coffee9414192
Colbert9334208
Dale9018191
Tallapoosa7254201
Russell707765
Chilton7018170
Escambia6955143
Covington6932195
Franklin6340108
Chambers5783142
Marion5401130
Dallas5285209
Pike5118109
Clarke484986
Lawrence4826129
Winston4780110
Geneva4642136
Bibb434094
Barbour369480
Butler3434100
Marengo342393
Monroe337066
Randolph334367
Pickens333188
Fayette330085
Henry320666
Hale318189
Cherokee317563
Crenshaw260477
Washington256952
Cleburne254460
Lamar251253
Clay250869
Macon244764
Conecuh192762
Coosa184947
Lowndes178168
Wilcox177438
Bullock152645
Perry141840
Sumter139241
Greene130245
Choctaw93228
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