North Carolina Has The 3rd Biggest Increase in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus

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With the U.S. losing over 22 million jobs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus.

To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt most by COVID-19, the site compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on increases in unemployment claims. We used this data to rank the most impacted states in both the latest week for which we have data (April 6) and overall since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis (March 16).

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

  • 4,419.46% Increase in Unemployment Claims (April 2020 vs April 2019)
    • 137,934 the week of April 6, 2020 vs 3,052 the week of April 8, 2019
    • 8th highest increase in the U.S.
  • 3,831.98% Increase in the Number of Unemployment Claims (April 2020 vs January 2020)
    • 137,934 the week of April 6, 2020 vs 3,508 the week of January 1, 2020
    • 3rd highest increase in the U.S.
  • 4,605.70% Increase in Unemployment Claims Since Pandemic Started
    • 541,584 between March 16, 2020 and April 6, 2020 vs 11,759 between March 18, 2019 and April 8, 2019
    • 7th highest increase in the U.S.

Detailed Findings

State Increase in Unemployment Claims (2020 vs 2019)* Increase in Unemployment Claims (April vs January 2020)** Increase in Unemployment Claims (April vs Start of COVID-19 Crisis)***
Louisiana 4141.92% 4727.80% 5133.33%
Colorado 5058.22% 4222.21% 3341.62%
North Carolina 4419.46% 3831.98% 4605.70%
Florida 2757.26% 3825.79% 2794.29%
Mississippi 4123.24% 3818.51% 3384.17%
New Hampshire 4876.30% 3368.99% 6429.42%
Virginia 4554.30% 3247.65% 4706.10%
Arizona 1572.09% 3022.09% 1934.07%
Indiana 4886.67% 2565.40% 4670.06%
Nevada 2640.44% 2558.13% 3645.04%
New Mexico 2291.90% 2339.80% 2728.03%
Tennessee 3355.27% 2324.51% 2801.61%
Kentucky 5391.60% 2136.97% 4391.14%
Texas 1872.65% 2112.07% 1901.15%
District of Columbia 2263.72% 1959.04% 3419.32%
Alabama 3725.24% 1805.82% 2973.66%
Hawaii 2975.62% 1800.99% 3078.33%
Georgia 5950.42% 1761.23% 4679.15%
California 1576.34% 1700.02% 1833.86%
Oklahoma 2585.14% 1564.19% 2514.47%
Michigan 3831.17% 1560.63% 4753.10%
Utah 1672.07% 1492.29% 2560.30%
South Dakota 7495.06% 1445.73% 4200.74%
Maryland 2087.88% 1427.45% 2822.13%
Kansas 2270.49% 1423.97% 2916.69%
Delaware 2653.53% 1416.80% 3377.03%
Washington 2069.13% 1401.56% 2631.47%
Nebraska 2795.94% 1391.45% 3291.60%
Ohio 2903.21% 1361.27% 3645.86%
Vermont 1257.88% 1293.82% 2099.81%
Arkansas 2286.97% 1244.53% 1862.06%
Alaska 1185.48% 1199.90% 1352.57%
Missouri 3291.82% 1181.58% 2784.75%
North Dakota 3715.44% 1141.39% 4209.89%
Minnesota 3096.65% 1129.04% 3447.46%
Illinois 1725.17% 1097.46% 1879.42%
South Carolina 4202.55% 1073.68% 3545.27%
Rhode Island 2936.62% 1056.44% 4025.80%
Massachusetts 2207.73% 988.76% 3413.59%
Iowa 2424.84% 910.82% 2670.12%
West Virginia 1423.49% 833.18% 1559.64%
New Jersey 1740.07% 817.46% 2279.09%
New York 3163.94% 782.91% 2353.89%
Pennsylvania 1973.57% 773.17% 2882.22%
Montana 1548.71% 764.12% 2372.42%
Maine 1766.81% 698.14% 3327.58%
Oregon 1070.27% 658.56% 1135.74%
Wyoming 721.44% 640.79% 1444.62%
Idaho 1779.43% 502.54% 2289.62%
Wisconsin 1391.97% 443.68% 1591.15%
Connecticut 883.27% 332.53% 1218.54%

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