Wyoming unemployment claims surge amid COVID-19 restrictions
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Unemployment claims in Wyoming are surging as mandatory business shutdowns and a recommendation for people to stay at home to contain the coronavirus take an economic toll.
The 2,339 people seeking unemployment assistance through the state last week was up 350% from the week before. Nationwide, unemployment claims were up over 1,000% to nearly 3.3 million.
Wyoming to date has no statewide or local stay-at-home orders to try to limit the COVID-19 illness. Gov. Mark Gordon instead urges people to stay at home for all but essential needs and work from home if possible.
Wyoming has 70 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.