On March 23, Gov. Tom Wolf imposed stay-at-home orders for most Pennsylvania workers, in addition to canceling virtually every public event and closing thousands of “non-essential” businesses. This was an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The unhappy result has been that Pennsylvania now leads the nation in jobless claims — a number that’s reached a staggering 1.5 million and keeps climbing every day with no end in sight. One in five Pennsylvania workers are now without a job due to the governor’s delayed and wholly inadequate efforts to put money in people’s pockets and this state back to work.