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COVID-19 Causes Sharp Rise in Unemployment ~ Rural Hospitals ~ Homemade Soap ~ Trahant Reports

Mar 19, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – The pandemic has Job Service hopping, with unemployment numbers making a sharp rise and claims for benefits coming in. Joining us to discuss the challenge, and the implications for the department’s budget, and the Job Service events being cancelled, is Sarah Arntson, Job Service communications officer. ~~~ NPR’s Kirk Siegler takes a look at how rural hospitals are preparing for the increasing threat of COVID-19. ~~~ From our television department, an excerpt from the Prairie Public documentary, “Women Behind the Plow.” In this excerpt we hear from Zeeland farmers, mother and daughter Joyce and Emily Sherr. ~~~ Sue Balcom discusses soap making in this week’s episode of “Main Street Eats.” But please, don’t eat the soap! ~~~ Our normal What’s Happening segment gives way to a few Not Happening announcements, and Mark Trahant shares some thoughts about the national response to the pandemic.