Experts break down the June unemployment numbers

Federal unemployment benefit of $600 ending

Experts break down the June unemployment numbers
Experts break down the June unemployment numbers

DETROIT – Consumer investigator Hank Winchester is getting expert insight into what’s happening in Michigan and what people on unemployment need to know.

The newly released unemployment numbers show that more than 4.8 million people either went back to their existing jobs or found a new one. Unemployment is now down to just over 11 percent.

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Those numbers are from the month of June and at that time much of the country was open, or reopening. Now, we’re seeing a dramatic shift as many states begin closing down again. It has many economists worried about what July will bring.

The other concern is that at the end of this month, unemployment benefits may be ending for many. Specifically, the additional $600 monthly many people are receiving from the federal government each week.

READ: Here’s what scammers are doing to target Michiganders filing for unemployment

President Donald Trump made it clear he wants that weekly payment to end. He would rather see Americans receive a back to work bonus if they return to the workforce.

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About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.