MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has seen a sharp jump in applications for unemployment insurance since Gov. Tim Walz ordered restaurants, bars, theaters, fitness clubs and other places of public amusement to close to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Department of Employment and Economic Development took more than 2,000 applications per hour Tuesday. That compares with about 40 to 50 per hour last week. The total for the week has topped 31,000. With cases of the virus expected to increase, Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul will be converted into a specialized center to keep infected patients out of other hospitals.
Unemployment claims jump in Minnesota as COVID-19 cases rise
By Associated Press|2020-03-18T11:31:15-05:00March 18th, 2020|