With 2.1 million more unemployment claims filed this week despite all U.S. states starting to reopen, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States Hit Most by Unemployment Claims.
To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt the most by COVID-19, the site compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on increases in unemployment claims during the latest week for which we have data (May 18) and overall since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis (March 16). We used this data to rank the most impacted states for both periods.
Increase in North Carolina Unemployment Claims Due to Coronavirus (1=Worst, 25=Avg.):
- 1,167.85% Increase in Unemployment Claims (May 2020 vs May 2019)
- 43,221 the week of May 18, 2020 vs 3,409 the week of May 20, 2019
- 9th highest increase in the U.S.
- 1,132.07% Increase in the Number of Unemployment Claims (May 2020 vs January 2020)
- 43,221 the week of May 18, 2020 vs 3,508 the week of January 1, 2020
- 5th highest increase in the U.S.
- 3,243.18% Increase in Unemployment Claims Since Pandemic Started
- 982,456 between the week of March 16, 2020 and the week of May 18, 2020 vs 30,293 between the week of March 18, 2019 and the week of May 20, 2019
- 7th highest increase in the U.S.
States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Claims Due to Coronavirus
|State||Most Affected Last Week||Most Affected Since Start of COVID-19 Crisis|
|District of Columbia||10||17|
Rank 1 = Most Affected.
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