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Ball State report says unemployment to shoot up

Michael Hicks is the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University. (IIB Photo)

MUNCIE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — A new report from Ball State University says social distancing will create a recession as layoffs across the country cause unemployment to rise over 10% nationally and in Indiana in the next 45 days. The report claims within 90 days, the recession will cause unemployment to rise to nearly 15%.

“These are likely very conservative estimates, yet it argues that job losses in March, April, May, and June may be the four largest in U.S. history, topping the 1.9 million jobs lost in the weeks following V-J Day in September 1945,” said Center for Business and Economic Research director Michael Hicks. “This level of job losses does not consider the effect of school closures on labor supply by households. This study does not assess the impact of supply chain disruptions on manufacturing, nor does it include the extreme shock to household wealth caused by stock market declines.”

The analysis finds the 45-day social distancing will reduce GDP down .5 nationally and .4 in Indiana, which could push job loss numbers to nearly 121,000 in Indiana and over 10.5 million in the U.S. The authors found in their analysis that 90 days of social distancing could cause 241,000 Indiana workers to be unemployed and 21 million nationally. 

“Moreover, this estimate extends only 90 days and does not include much broader impacts of longer social distancing,” he said. “We urgently need state policies to speed resources to displaced workers, and we need policies such as workshare and relief from job search, job tenure, and earnings requirements.”

The full report can be found here

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