North Carolina Has America’s 7th Biggest Increase in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus

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With the U.S. experiencing an extremely high number of initial unemployment claims, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus.

To identify which states have experienced the largest unemployment increases, the website compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key metrics. These metrics compare initial unemployment claim increases for the week of March 30, 2020 to both the same week in 2019 and the first week of 2020.

North Carolina was ranked as the 7th worst state and South Carolina was ranked as the 33rd worst state.

States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus

Overall Rank State Increase in Unemployment Claims (2020 vs. 2019)* Increase in Unemployment Claims (April vs. January 2020)**
1 Louisiana 6118.90% 6111.40%
2 New Hampshire 7186.52% 5148.41%
3 Virginia 6747.65% 4597.55%
4 Georgia 8262.24% 2175.35%
5 Mississippi 4800.32% 3847.71%
6 Michigan 5659.41% 2813.94%
7 North Carolina 4282.70% 3821.69%
8 Nevada 3877.34% 3427.61%
9 North Dakota 5816.54% 1825.00%
10 Indiana 4298.91% 2913.96%
11 South Dakota 5435.66% 1888.94%
12 Arizona 2528.53% 4120.59%
13 Hawaii 4030.89% 2808.60%
14 Maryland 4227.48% 2597.34%
15 Nebraska 4448.05% 2337.49%
16 District of Columbia 3406.38% 3100.21%
17 Tennessee 2589.69% 3665.92%
18 Florida 2553.62% 3578.76%
19 New Mexico 2944.16% 3229.91%
20 Kentucky 4122.60% 2163.48%
21 Kansas 3566.62% 2364.39%
22 Delaware 3913.40% 2055.77%
23 Maine 4044.93% 1741.91%
24 Alabama 3552.96% 2109.81%
25 Ohio 3629.53% 1983.67%
26 Vermont 3016.76% 2278.82%
27 Rhode Island 4123.47% 1332.81%
28 Utah 3123.78% 2078.92%
29 California 2454.59% 2420.29%
30 Arkansas 2610.76% 2267.70%
31 Iowa 3682.81% 1368.25%
32 Texas 2296.94% 2437.66%
33 South Carolina 3931.20% 1037.97%
34 Minnesota 3443.34% 1423.64%
35 Massachusetts 3149.12% 1374.87%
36 Washington 2707.22% 1664.04%
37 Colorado 2290.65% 1771.41%
38 Oklahoma 2425.89% 1637.14%
39 Idaho 3173.94% 915.29%
40 New Jersey 2675.36% 1295.74%
41 Missouri 3022.36% 1002.48%
42 Illinois 2163.86% 1605.92%
43 Montana 2607.85% 1186.88%
44 Pennsylvania 2449.82% 939.34%
45 New York 2639.40% 669.85%
46 Alaska 1625.03% 1466.77%
47 West Virginia 1986.28% 804.41%
48 Wisconsin 1847.15% 715.12%
49 Wyoming 1324.42% 640.18%
50 Oregon 1167.82% 743.70%
51 Connecticut 1294.74% 325.60%

Increase in North Carolina Unemployment Due to Coronavirus (1=Worst, 25=Avg.):

  • 4282.70% increase in the Number of Unemployment Insurance Initial Claims – from 3,139 the week of April 1, 2019 to 137,573 the week of March 30, 2020. 11th highest increase in the U.S.
  • 3821.69% increase in the Number of Unemployment Insurance Initial Claims – from 3,508 in the first week of the year to 137,573 the week of March 30, 2020. 6th highest increase in the U.S.

 

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