The overall supply of blood in the United States seems to be sufficient in case any shortage at local level needs to be covered. In some areas corporate blood donations camps were the largest supplier of blood but after the global economic downturn, thousands of employees have been laid off and the ones who are left don’t seem to be interested in making such contributions. Michigan has the highest rate of unemployment in the US. Several large factories and companies that are shutting down in this state used to contribute the highest share in mobile blood donation drives. Florida with the unemployment rate of 11.3% also witnessed shortage of blood during the month of August. Thousands of blood units were imported in order to cover the shortage.
Approximately 33 corporate drives in Wisconsin were cancelled during June and august this year. Due to the cancellation, 1650 fewer units of blood could be collected. Blood banks are expecting the situation to improve once the economy revives.