Help Is There — Programs for Displaced Workers Available
The impact of COVID-19 on business cannot be overstated. The stock market has lost all the gains made in the first three years of the Trump administration. The sports, entertainment and food service industries are sidelined, while workers are being fired or furloughed. Talk of 20 percent unemployment is on the street. Financial tough times are here and most predict it will get worse before it gets better.
Right now the Washington state call for unemployment checks is up 150 percent over last year at this time, and interest in the State Shared Work program is up 500 percent.
The government has programs that can help and Jonathon Smith, executive director of the Yakima County Development Association appeared on KIT's Morning News to share details about coronavirus and what's available through the State Employment Security Department.