South Carolina Saw The Lowest Weekly Unemployment Claims Increase In America

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Many states have been hit by a surge in COVID-19 cases, and as a result new unemployment claims increased week-over-week on November 30, up 19% from the previous week. To help add some context to this statistic, the website WalletHub just released updated rankings for the States Whose Weekly Unemployment Claims Are Increasing the Most.

To identify which states’ workforces are experiencing the biggest increases in unemployment claims due to COVID-19, the site compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three metrics.

Over the past week, South Carolina saw the smallest increase in unemployment claims in America, and North Carolina saw the 27th smallest increase:

States with Biggest Increases in Unemployment Claims

State Increased Most Since Last Week  Increased Most Since Start of COVID-19 Crisis 
Kansas 1 10
New Mexico 2 13
Illinois 3 38
Colorado 4 14
Indiana 5 8
Virginia 6 5
Florida 7 2
Alaska 8 31
New Hampshire 9 3
California 10 37
Mississippi 11 11
Nevada 12 22
Ohio 13 28
Louisiana 14 4
Rhode Island 15 34
Minnesota 16 24
Georgia 17 1
Hawaii 18 19
District of Columbia 19 27
Texas 20 30
Massachusetts 21 25
Nebraska 22 23
Maryland 23 21
Washington 24 26
Oklahoma 25 7
Arizona 26 41
North Carolina 27 9
New York 28 29
Oregon 29 51
Vermont 30 46
Montana 31 45
Tennessee 32 16
Iowa 33 47
Maine 34 12
North Dakota 35 32
Kentucky 36 6
Michigan 37 20
Alabama 38 15
Idaho 39 36
Wisconsin 40 43
Delaware 41 35
Missouri 42 33
Utah 43 39
Arkansas 44 40
Connecticut 45 50
Pennsylvania 46 44
South Dakota 47 18
West Virginia 48 42
New Jersey 49 48
Wyoming 50 49
South Carolina 51 17

Rank 1 = Biggest Increase

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