For weeks now, Americans have gradually suffered losses of their jobs, careers, businesses, and livelihoods. Elected officials have continued to extend shelter-in-place Executive Orders even as countless individuals express interest in returning to work.
We have now reached a point in our nation where some people are simply not asking anymore. Law enforcement officers, counties, and certain businesses have expressed refusal to uphold or abide by lockdown orders. The folks who fall into this category rightfully maintain that orders barring gatherings, free movement, peaceable assembly, etc. breach constitutional rights.
As of today, the jobless claim has reached 33.5 million, notes Breitbart News. The implications of this are serious and speak to the continued harmful impact that lockdowns are having on our nation.
What to Know About 33.5 Million Unemployed Americans
The amount of jobs lost each week has gradually declined, as confirmed by the Department of Labor.
With that being said, the decline of lost jobs over weekly periods does not erase the prevalence of unemployment. Worse yet, there are reports of additional lay-offs and furloughs to come; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted as much earlier this week when stating that the city can’t afford to pay healthcare workers for much longer without a bailout from the federal government.
Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims
Initial claims were 3,169,000 for the week ending 5/2 (-677,000).
Insured unemployment was 22,647,000 for the week ending 4/25 (+4,636,000).https://t.co/ys7Eg5LKAW
— US Labor Department (@USDOL) May 7, 2020
Some of the weekly declines of lost jobs could pertain to people reopening their businesses in spite of mandates from governors. Reports of such reopenings have surged over the course of this month alone, especially as counties in blue states defy shutdowns and reopen.
Republican governors’ decision to re-engage their economies in many Southern, red states could also be another factor of progressive drops in unemployment. Getting people back to work significantly impacts not only the numbers of Americans with jobs, but also the presence of monetary velocity through the economy.
What do you make of 33.5 million Americans without jobs? What do you think next week’s data from the Department of Labor will show? Sound off in the comments section below!