Roughly 214 million Americans (nearly 65% of the entire U.S. population) are still under some form of lockdown. Twenty-six states, including D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico, still have a stay at home order in place and are encouraging social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, there is light at the end of this tunnel. As of Thursday, May 7, 19 states have begun to ease their state-wide restrictions. As a result, thousands of Americans are slowly heading back to work. Here is a brief breakdown of what is currently happening in our country and which states are up and running.
Which states are open for business?
First of all, some states never closed or issued a state-wide stay at home order; however, some of the following states still experienced the closure of “non-essential” businesses, on a city by city basis. These states are:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
These states never mandated state-wide orders or closure, yet some cities or counties enforced orders similar to other states that are issuing stay at home orders.
States under stay at home orders
Other states that did issue stay at home orders are beginning to loosen some of their restrictions. The Business Insider has an excellent graphic displaying which states are open, which are still closed, and how many Americans are impacted per state.
There are 19 states now that have officially reopened or are only issuing a partial lockdown. That means there are 26 states still under a complete state-wide lockdown. In these states, there are millions of Americans impacted economically, emotionally, and socially. However, this is a massive step in the right direction. At the end of March, the peak of the Coronavirus outbreak, 42 different states, and other cities and counties were under stay at home orders, resulting in 308 million Americans impacted by these orders. That’s about 94% of the entire U.S. population.
Fast forward to today, and only two-thirds of the American population is still being impacted. That is a dramatic reduction (29% less of the U.S. population and 38% less of our 50 states, since March 31). In other words, we are making progress. The number of unemployment claims is still increasing but at a much lower rate. As of Thursday the 7th, another 3.17 million claims were created for unemployment benefits. That brings the total to over 33 million.
Where we stand today
Now, it will likely take months for our country to completely open back up. Some states are still under strict stay at home orders, such as Washington state and Illinois. But more and more are starting to open their doors and return to a little normalcy. As a result, more jobs are free to open back up, and thousands of Americans can thankfully return to work. Hiring freezes are starting to thaw, and companies are back to business as usual.
If you were one of the millions of Americans sadly laid off, check out our job board. We have dozens of exciting opportunities across the country with employers that are looking to put people to work NOW. We want to help you get back to work and put the virus behind you.