Report: 1 in every 5 Long Islanders experiencing job loss
The coronavirus pandemic's devastating economic toll came into sharp focus today – showing the April jobs report is one of the worst ever.
The Labor Department data revealed an unprecedented 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The loss is more than 10 times the previous record, set at the end of World War II.
The numbers translate to about one in every five people on Long Island are experiencing job loss.
Long Island has been hit hard, not just by the coronavirus, but the shutdown as well. It has many worrying about how much longer they will be able to make ends meet.
As businesses seemingly closed overnight — both Linda Lamacchia and her husband found themselves out of work.
"I also was laid off and I applied right away for unemployment. I got mine with no problem, but my husband is the breadwinner and obviously he's making a lot more money than I am and now here we are, May 7. He has not received one payment from unemployment and it has been 5 and a 1/2 weeks," says Lamacchia.
Linda is facing a problem right now many Americans are. Her job is opening back up next week. She wants to return, but will be making less money than she is on unemployment. The family is hoping they finally see that money come in this week— as they are not sure what they'll do otherwise.