“All across this country in small towns and big cities alike, clerks and election officials are hard at work to take their part in this essential American tradition, but they need us to demand that our elected leaders give them the tools to do the job. We still have time to get this right. But the clock is ticking.”

Unemployment claims in Michigan are much higher than historical numbers as the fallout continues from efforts to control the coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. Department of Labor released numbers Thursday morning detailing unemployment for each state for the week ending April 11. Michigan residents filed 219,320 initial claims that week, down 169,234 from the previous week’s 388,554 claims.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, originally issued March 24, 2020, was extended until April 30. The order was originally intended to expire April 13.

Violators are subject to fines up to $1,000, increased from the original maximum of $500 and jail sentences up to 90 days via a misdemeanor charge. Businesses that defy the order will be subject to penalties determined by their licensing agencies.