Impact of COVID-19 on rural businesses and the Upper Peninsula communities

Downtown Marquette, Michigan, as seen from North Front Street in autumn, with a Kraft Hockeyville banner.

McKinsey & Company said in a recent study that the “coronavirus pandemic will negatively impact about 40% of Michigan workers once furlough, reduced hours and pay cuts are accounted for,” according to a Detroit News article published on May 2nd.

According to the article, “while more than a quarter of the state’s workforce has made an unemployment claim since the start of the pandemic or 1.26 million people, according to McKinsey& Co.”

Clearly these numbers are reflected in the jobless numbers in rural areas, including in the Upper Peninsula. As Michiganders begin debating when is the right time for local business to open and which businesses should open first it is important to know what some local business owners are saying about all this and how it all impacts the employees of these businesses and the owners.

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recently conducted a study on exactly these issues. Its survey entitled “Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Downtown Marquette Businesses” was conducted during the period of April 16-23, 2020. Look for more Upper Peninsula communities to be doing similar surveys in their communities.

Take a look at these very informative survey numbers:

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David Haynes

Professor David Haynes is a tenured Professor of Public Administration and teaches in the MPA graduate program at Northern Michigan University, where he previously served as President. David has been involved in the public administration and political science field for over 45 years.

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