State: Workers needed for critical jobs during pandemic

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Companies seeking workers to fill a variety of immediate jobs to support work during the COVID-19 pandemic are listing the openings on Michigan's employment search engine, according to the state.

Jobs are posted to Pure Michigan Talent Connect provides job seekers and employers with an online portal to post, search and connect.

Logistics, health care, manufacturing and agribusiness are the among the fields where jobs are available.

More than 2,000 Michigan companies and organizations are hiring to continue providing critical services, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday in a statement.

Jobless claims have surged across the U.S. after government officials ordered millions of workers, students and shoppers to stay at home as a precaution against spreading the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

On March 18, Michigan's unemployment agency said it had received over five times as many unemployment applications as normal.

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