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Lockdowns Crushed Michigan Workers; Only Hawaii Lost A Greater Share of Jobs

Michigan’s economy has been brutalized by state-imposed lockdowns.

The percentage of people in Michigan who lost their job during the months of February until December was higher than in any other state, except Hawaii.

Michigan lost 426,400 jobs, compared to the 4.4 million that existed here in February 2020, a 9.7% decline.

Hawaii’s lost 12.4% of its jobs during the same period, according to recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As the expanded state lockdown took hold, Michigan lost another 84,400 jobs from November to December, a 2.1% decline. That lockdown began Nov. 18 and prohibited restaurant and tavern owners from offering service inside their establishments.

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