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Coronavirus Unemployment: How Each State Has Been Affected

Coronavirus Unemployment: How Each State Has Been Affected

How has coronavirus affected unemployment?

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on the job market, where many people have lost jobs and had to apply for unemployment. But, amid the coronavirus pandemic, some states have started to see their economies rebound. WalletHub crunched the numbers to determine which states (plus Washington, D.C.) are faring the best based on current unemployment numbers and changes in unemployment rates.

#51 Massachusetts

#51 Massachusetts

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One of the best states for working moms, Massachusetts has been the most negatively impacted by the pandemic in terms of unemployment. As of June 2020, Massachusetts has the highest unemployment rate of any state in the U.S. at 17.5% and had the biggest change in unemployment from January 2020 to June 2020 at 405.4%.

#50 New Jersey

#50 New Jersey

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New Jersey has the second-highest unemployment rate in the U.S. at 16.4%. From January 2020 to June 2020, the change in unemployment was 272.6%.

#49 Hawaii

#49 Hawaii

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Unemployment in Hawaii is at 14.4%. From January 2020 to June 2020, the change in unemployment was 356.6%, which is the second-highest percentage increase.

#48 New York

#48 New York

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New York is one of the states that has been hit the hardest by the coronavirus. The unemployment rate is 15.6% and the change in unemployment from January 2020 to June 2020 was 275.5%.

#47 Nevada

#47 Nevada

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Nevada has an unemployment rate of 15.2% and the change in unemployment from January 2020 to June 2020 was 280.1%.

#46 New Hampshire

#46 New Hampshire

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New Hampshire saw many coronavirus unemployment claims. It has an unemployment rate of 11.7%, and from January 2020 to June 2020, the change in unemployment was 268.5%.

#45 Michigan

#45 Michigan

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Michigan had some of the toughest coronavirus restrictions at the start of the pandemic and is sitting with an unemployment rate of 14.9%. The change in unemployment from January 2020 to June 2020 was 252.9%.

#44 California

#44 California

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In California, many people have filed for unemployment. The unemployment rate is 15.1% and the change in unemployment from January 2020 to June 2020 was 238.9%.

#43 Illinois

#43 Illinois

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Illinois has not been successful in social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s unemployment rate is also not great at 14.6%. From January 2020 to June 2020, Illinois’ change in unemployment was 278.3%.

#42 Florida

#42 Florida

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Florida’s unemployment rate is at 10.7% and the change in unemployment from January 2020 to June 2020 was 237%.

#41 Colorado

#41 Colorado

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The unemployment rate is the same in Colorado as it is in Florida at 10.7%. But the change in unemployment from January 2020 to June 2020 is much higher than Florida’s at 277.5%.

#40 Delaware

#40 Delaware

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The unemployment rate in the East Coast state of Delaware is at 12.7%, and the change in unemployment from January 2020 to June 2020 was 203.1%.

#39 Rhode Island

#39 Rhode Island

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The unemployment rate in Rhode Island isn’t much different than Delaware’s at 12.1%. The change in unemployment from January 2020 to June 2020 is also similar to Delaware’s at 196.9%.

#38 Indiana

#38 Indiana

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Indiana has an unemployment rate of 11.2% and the change in employment from January 2020 to June 2020 was 216%.

#37 Pennsylvania

#37 Pennsylvania

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Although Pennsylvania has an unemployment rate higher than that of Indiana at 13.1%, its change in unemployment from January to June was not as drastic at 150.2%.

#36 Vermont

#36 Vermont

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The unemployment rate in Vermont (9.4%) is much lower than other states close to it on this list, but the change in unemployment from January to June was 218%.

#35 Oregon

#35 Oregon

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The West Coast state of Oregon has an unemployment rate of 11.3% and its change in unemployment from the beginning of 2020 until June was 206.6%.

#34 Ohio

#34 Ohio

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Ohio has an unemployment rate close to that of Oregon at 11.1% and its change in unemployment from January to June was 122.8%.

#33 Tennessee

#33 Tennessee

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In Tennessee, the unemployment rate is at 10.1% and the change in unemployment from January to June was 154.6%.

#32 Alaska

#32 Alaska

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In a state that gets heavy snowfall, Alaska has an unemployment rate of 12.3%. But the change in unemployment from January to June was only 93.1%.

#31 Virginia

#31 Virginia

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The unemployment rate in Virginia is 8.5% and the change in unemployment from January to June was 176.8%.

#30 South Carolina

#30 South Carolina

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The unemployment rate in South Carolina does not differ much from that of Virginia at 8.9%. But from January to June, the change in unemployment was much different at 211.4%.

#29 Louisiana

#29 Louisiana

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Louisiana's unemployment rate is 10.5% and its change from January to June 2020 was 76.9%.

#28 Georgia

#28 Georgia

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Although Georgia’s unemployment rate is at only 7.9%, the change in unemployment from January to June was 120.2%.

#27 Connecticut

#27 Connecticut

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The New England state of Connecticut has an unemployment rate of 10% and had a change in unemployment from January to June of 121.4%.

#26 North Carolina

#26 North Carolina

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Although this state is not among the top 25 states where unemployment rates are improving, it has an unemployment rate of 7.9% and the change of unemployment from January to June was 83.9%.

#25 Washington

#25 Washington

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One of the best states to raise a family, Washington has an unemployment rate of 9.7% and a change in unemployment from January to June 2020 of 119.3%.

#24 Arizona

#24 Arizona

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Arizona has many cities that are good for jobs despite an unemployment rate of 10.3%. The change in unemployment from January to June was 114.4%.

#23 Minnesota

#23 Minnesota

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Minnesota has an unemployment rate of 8.5% and a change in unemployment from January to June of 136.2%.

#22 West Virginia

#22 West Virginia

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West Virginia’s unemployment rate is 10.4% and its change in unemployment from January to June 2020 was 85.2%.

#21 Texas

#21 Texas

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One of the biggest states in America, Texas has an unemployment rate of 8.9% and a change in unemployment of 131.3% from January to June.

#20 Wisconsin

#20 Wisconsin

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Wisconsin has an unemployment rate of 8.7% and a change in unemployment of 106.8% from January to June.

#19 Iowa

#19 Iowa

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Iowa is tied with Georgia and North Carolina for the lowest unemployment rate so far at 7.9%. Its change in unemployment from January to June was 104%.

#18 Mississippi

#18 Mississippi

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In the state of Mississippi, the unemployment rate is 8.3%. The change in unemployment from January to June was 74.5% — the lowest so far on the list.

#17 Maryland

#17 Maryland

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Maryland has an unemployment rate of 8.3% and a change in unemployment of 130.2% from January to June.

#16 Alabama

#16 Alabama

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In Alabama, the unemployment rate is 8% and the change in unemployment from January to June 2020 was 143.5%.

#15 New Mexico

#15 New Mexico

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New Mexico has an unemployment rate of 9% and a change in unemployment from January to June of 74.1%.

#14 Washington, DC

#14 Washington, DC

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The District of Columbia has an unemployment rate of 9% and the lowest January-to-June change in unemployment on the list so far at 69.2%.

#13 South Dakota

#13 South Dakota

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South Dakota has a low unemployment rate of only 7% and a change in unemployment of 90.6% from January to June.

#12 Kansas

#12 Kansas

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Not that far off from South Dakota, Kansas has an unemployment rate of 7.6% and a change in unemployment from January to June 2020 of 123.2%.

#11 Arkansas

#11 Arkansas

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In Arkansas, the unemployment rate is at 8.2% and the change in unemployment from January to June 2020 was 97.4%.

#10 Nebraska

#10 Nebraska

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As the first state in the top 10, Nebraska has the lowest unemployment of any state so far at 6.9% and had a change in unemployment of 121.4% from January to June.

#9 Missouri

#9 Missouri

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In Missouri, the unemployment rate is 7.9% and the change in unemployment was 83.1% from January to June.

#8 North Dakota

#8 North Dakota

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North Dakota has an unemployment rate of 6.3% but a change in unemployment from January to June of 126.3%.

#7 Wyoming

#7 Wyoming

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In the state of Wyoming, the unemployment rate is 7.6% and the change in unemployment was 81.7% from January to June.

#6 Oklahoma

#6 Oklahoma

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The unemployment rate of Oklahoma is 6.8%, and from January to June, the change in unemployment was 103.9%.

#5 Maine

#5 Maine

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Maine cracks the top five with an unemployment rate of 6.4% and a change in unemployment from January to June of 54.4%.

#4 Montana

#4 Montana

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Montana has an unemployment rate of 7% and a change in employment from January to June of 60.8%.

#3 Utah

#3 Utah

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Utah comes in third in WalletHub’s rankings and also has the third-lowest unemployment rate in the country at 5.5%. The state’s change in unemployment from January to June was 102.4%.

#2 Idaho

#2 Idaho

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The state of Idaho has the second-lowest unemployment rate in the United States at 5.3% and the change in unemployment from January to June was also the second-lowest at 55%.

#1 Kentucky

#1 Kentucky

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According to the analysis of the June 2020 data, Kentucky is the state that is so far faring the best in terms of unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic. Kentucky has an unemployment rate of 4.8%, which is the lowest in the United States. The change in unemployment is even lower at minus-4.2% from January to June. With some schools beginning to reopen, here is how you can keep your children safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

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