WARSAW — Kosciusko County and much of Indiana saw the number of unemployment claims in March skyrocket in late March.
Kosciusko County saw a huge jump in claims filed for the week ending March 21 with 468 initial claims – a 1,237% increase from last year, according to data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. A week early, the county saw 41 claim.
The number of claims from a week earlier increased by 36.7% increase compared to last year, state data indicates.
Hoosiers submitted 53,608 initial claims for the week ending March 21. This is a 2,873% increase from the number of claims filed at the same point in 2019.
While the report provided no reason for the rise, the numbers roughly coincide with when businesses first began to shut down following the governor’s directive for residents to stay home to lessen the spread of COVID-19.
The state notes that these are only initial filings. The data does not include factors such as denied claims. IDWD’s full unemployment report for March will be released later this month.