FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Numbers released from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show 3,561 Allen County residents filed for unemployment for the first time last week.
It's 3818% higher than last year's total.
"There is a real effect of what is going on with COVID-19," says Rachel Blackman, a professor with Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Two weeks ago, 115 people made claims, a huge jump from the same time one year ago.
The newest numbers show the exponential growth the workforce is going through.
"These are all from hotels or restaurants and manufacturing o other sectors having some fallout," says Blackman.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says the trend is nationwide.
"A year ago last week we had 3,100 Hoosiers file for unemployment, fast forward last week we had 54,000 file for help."