Wisconsin unemployment rate hits 14.1% in April

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A notice of closure is posted at The Great Frame Up in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Thursday, April 2, 2020. The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has triggered a stunning collapse in the U.S. workforce with millions of people losing their jobs in the past two weeks and economists warn unemployment could reach levels not seen since the Depression, as the economic damage from the crisis piles up around the world. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate hit 14.1% in April, a level not seen since the Great Depression.

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The state Department of Workforce Development reported the latest figures on Thursday. The state’s rate was just below the national rate of 14.7% for national unemployment.

April was the first full month of the state’s “safer at home” order issued by Gov. Tony Evers in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic that forced most nonessential businesses to close and led to skyrocketing unemployment.

Related: Nearly 39 million have sought US jobless aid since virus hit

While unemployment has soared, so too has criticism from Republicans over the speed in processing claims for benefits.

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