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Michigan Businesses Nation’s Hardest Hit By Government Lockdowns

Nearly one-third here were closed; national average is less than 20%

Small businesses closures mandated by government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have hit Michigan harder than any other state, according to a survey done by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Michigan saw 32.04% of its private sector businesses closed by the government-ordered lockdowns.

The second-highest state was Pennsylvania, at 30.43%.

South Dakota had the lowest percentage of businesses affected by a lockdown, at 5.83%. The U.S. average was 18.74%.

The survey asked businesses about their experiences under the pandemic in 2020.


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