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Detroit’s Henry Ford joins coronavirus red ink, furloughs 2,800 workers

Detroit’s Henry Ford joins coronavirus red ink, furloughs 2,800 workers

April 22, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kelly House

The Detroit-based hospital system is the latest in a string of medical providers to announce deep staff cuts as the coronavirus pandemic dries up revenue streams.

Beaumont to lay off 2,475, eliminate 450 Michigan jobs due to coronavirus

Beaumont to lay off 2,475, eliminate 450 Michigan jobs due to coronavirus

April 21, 2020 | Robin Erb

Beaumont Health, the state’s largest health system, blamed the dramatic cuts on losses incurred during the pandemic, which forced it to cut revenue-generating procedures to handle the surge. CEO temporarily cuts his own pay 70 percent.

Michigan residents worry about going hungry as COVID layoffs surge, poll finds

Michigan residents worry about going hungry as COVID layoffs surge, poll finds

April 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More than 1 in 4 Michigan residents are worried about being able to put food on their table, and more than half of all laid-off or furloughed workers are unsure how they’ll feed their families, according to a new statewide poll conducted amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan small businesses rocked by coronavirus turn to Congress for help

Michigan small businesses rocked by coronavirus turn to Congress for help

April 17, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Programs set up to help businesses decimated by the coronavirus shutdown have run out of money or halted applications. One Michigan business owner thought his application for a portion of $349 billion in federal stimulus was set only to learn the money ran out. 

As Michigan fights coronavirus, hospitals gush money and workers lose jobs

As Michigan fights coronavirus, hospitals gush money and workers lose jobs

April 16, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

From metropolitan health systems to independent rural hospitals, hospital budgets are taking big financial hits as surgeries and other money making medical procedures are put on hold.

Government layoffs, service cuts start as coronavirus guts Michigan budgets

Government layoffs, service cuts start as coronavirus guts Michigan budgets

April 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Local governments across Michigan are beginning to lay off and furlough workers as they brace for a “perfect storm” of increased spending demands and revenue shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that has ground the economy to a halt. The state — facing its own projected $7 billion hole — is in no position to help.

‘Depression-level’ Michigan unemployment tops 1 million from coronavirus

‘Depression-level’ Michigan unemployment tops 1 million from coronavirus

April 16, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Economists are struggling to find words to describe stunning job losses they’re seeing in the state, and they don’t know how many more will follow during the economic lockdown in a pandemic

‘Operation Gridlock’ protest of Gov. Whitmer stay-home order jams Lansing

‘Operation Gridlock’ protest of Gov. Whitmer stay-home order jams Lansing

April 15, 2020 | Riley Beggin

SLIDESHOW: Hundreds of cars descend on downtown Lansing to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order. Protesters say the new limits go too far and infringe on liberties. Whitmer says they’re necessary to save lives.

Detroit food banks overrun by coronavirus demand

Detroit food banks overrun by coronavirus demand

April 15, 2020 | Louis Aguilar

Despite adding capacity, food banks throughout Michigan are running out of food, crushed by the hunger created by the pandemic’s economic strain.

Macomb County hospital to lay off nurses unrelated to coronavirus care

Macomb County hospital to lay off nurses unrelated to coronavirus care

April 14, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Dwindling surgeries at McLaren Macomb blamed for layoffs of nurses as the coronavirus impacts the finances of hospital systems around Michigan.

Michigan nurses getting fat pay raises or pink slips in coronavirus crisis

Michigan nurses getting fat pay raises or pink slips in coronavirus crisis

April 14, 2020 | Kelly House

As hospitals in COVID-19 hotspots are in a bidding war for critical care nurses while laying off others, experts say a mismatch of labor needs and supply during the pandemic has serious consequences.

Coronavirus could drain Michigan unemployment fund within months

Coronavirus could drain Michigan unemployment fund within months

April 14, 2020 | Paula Gardner

The crush of 1 million new claims is rapidly depleting Michigan’s unemployment fund, which could force the state to borrow money. Jobless workers would still get checks, but Michigan may have to raise business taxes to repay the debt, slowing any recovery.

As Michigan coronavirus cases slow, Gov. Whitmer eyes reopening economy

As Michigan coronavirus cases slow, Gov. Whitmer eyes reopening economy

April 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The end of Michigan’s coronavirus nightmare may be in sight, but ‘we need to get this right,’ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday.  The business shutdown from the virus has left more than 1 million residents jobless.

Detroit Medical Center laying off 60 amid coronavirus; McLaren eyes furloughs

Detroit Medical Center laying off 60 amid coronavirus; McLaren eyes furloughs

April 10, 2020 | Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

As the coronavirus decimates hospital revenues, the Detroit Medical Center notifies 60 lab assistants and more they are being laid off, while McLaren is exploring cost-cutting measures and furloughs.

Michigan now second in nation for jobless claims amid coronavirus pandemic

Michigan now second in nation for jobless claims amid coronavirus pandemic

April 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Paula Gardner

Despite widespread complaints over a sluggish website and slammed call center, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency successfully processed 817,185 initial benefits claims between March 15 and April 4, second only to the more populous state of California.

When Michigan unemployment, stimulus checks, and $600 CARES money will arrive

When Michigan unemployment, stimulus checks, and $600 CARES money will arrive

April 9, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Your guide to unemployment and other payments as Michigan deals with the devastating economic impact of a deadly virus

Michigan families can get food, cash, internet during coronavirus crisis

Michigan families can get food, cash, internet during coronavirus crisis

April 7, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Do you need help with food or cash through this coronavirus crisis? Want to know where to go to help?  We have a list of Michigan resources. 

Michigan unemployment surges; record 1 in 10 workers have filed claims

Michigan unemployment surges; record 1 in 10 workers have filed claims

April 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

More than 300,000 Michigan residents filed unemployment insurance claims last week, an unprecedented surge amid the coronavirus pandemic that has forced business closures, prompted mass layoffs and overwhelmed the state filing system.

Michigan, United States set records for weekly unemployment claims

Michigan, United States set records for weekly unemployment claims

March 26, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Nationally, more than 3.2 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance benefits last week. That was more than four times the previous recorded high of 695,000 initial claims in October 1982.

Coronavirus complaints overwhelm Michigan unemployment, law enforcement

Coronavirus complaints overwhelm Michigan unemployment, law enforcement

March 25, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Attorney General Dana Nessel says she’s overrun with complaints about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, while unemployment claims burden state systems. The confusion is even causing suburban police to investigate clothing stores to ensure they’re closed.

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