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Coronavirus Unemployment Claims in Each State

Coronavirus Unemployment Claims in Each State

Claims are up 4,853% in the No. 1 state

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Americans have weathered the coronavirus pandemic and all its unfortunate consequences for the better part of three months now. And since life in the U.S. came to a near halt in March, people have filed for unemployment at record-breaking rates. Here are the 50 states plus Washington, D.C. ranked from least to most affected by coronavirus unemployment based on percent increase in jobless claims during March through May in 2019 and 2020.

Methodology

Methodology

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To gauge the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on U.S. unemployment, WalletHub.com and a team of experts compared the number of unemployment insurance initial claims in each state between the weeks of March 16 through May 11 in 2020 to the weeks of March 18 through May 13 in 2019. The team then ranked the 50 states and Washington, D.C. by the percent increase. Even in the least affected state, unemployment has increased by over 1,140%. In the most affected state, the percent increase in claims from 2019 to 2020 is four times as high.

51. Oregon

51. Oregon

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Oregon were up 1,142.47% from March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

50. Connecticut

50. Connecticut

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Connecticut were up 1,153.63% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

49. Alaska

49. Alaska

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Alaska were up 1,229.36% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

48. California

48. California

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in California were up 1,257.60% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

47. Wisconsin

47. Wisconsin

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Wisconsin were up 1,282.73% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

46. Vermont

46. Vermont

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Vermont were up 1,287.12% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

45. Wyoming

45. Wyoming

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Wyoming were up 1,307.61% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019. 

44. Arizona

44. Arizona

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Arizona were up 1,389.34% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

43. Illinois

43. Illinois

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Illinois were up 1,390.16% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019. 

42. New Jersey

42. New Jersey

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in New Jersey were up 1,424.40% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

41. Arkansas

41. Arkansas

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Arkansas were up 1,454.34% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

40. Montana

40. Montana

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Montana were up 1,542.21% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

39. New York

39. New York

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in New York were up 1,672.39% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

38. Idaho

38. Idaho

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Idaho were up 1,677.23% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

37. Iowa

37. Iowa

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Iowa were up 1,689.04% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

36. Rhode Island

36. Rhode Island

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Rhode Island were up 1,711.65% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

35. Utah

35. Utah

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Utah were up 1,771.91% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

34. Pennsylvania

34. Pennsylvania

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Pennsylvania were up 1,775.53% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

33. Texas

33. Texas

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Texas were up 1,778.60% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

32. Massachusetts

32. Massachusetts

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Massachusetts were up 1,888.10% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

31. Kansas

31. Kansas

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Kansas were up 1,965.56% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

30. Delaware

30. Delaware

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Delaware were up 2,004.29% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

29. West Virginia

29. West Virginia

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in West Virginia were up 2,065.72% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

28. New Mexico

28. New Mexico

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in New Mexico were up 2,138.23% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019. 

27. Nebraska

27. Nebraska

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Nebraska were up 2,151.82% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

26. Missouri

26. Missouri

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Missouri were up 2152.15% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

25. Ohio

25. Ohio

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Ohio were up 2,163.24% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

24. Hawaii

24. Hawaii

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Hawaii were up 2,201.90% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

23. Maryland

23. Maryland

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Maryland were up 2,207.13% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

22. Tennessee

22. Tennessee

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Tennessee were up 2,300.30% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

21. Nevada

21. Nevada

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Nevada were up 2,331.89% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

20. Washington

20. Washington

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Washington were up 2,367.45% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

19. Alabama

19. Alabama

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Alabama were up 2,375.01% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

18. Maine

18. Maine

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Maine were up 2,409.93% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

17. Washington, DC

17. Washington, DC

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Washington, D.C. were up 2,454.10% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

16. North Dakota

16. North Dakota

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in North Dakota were up 2,499.96% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

15. Mississippi

15. Mississippi

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Mississippi were up 2,504.78% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

14. Colorado

14. Colorado

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Colorado were up 2,532.98% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

13. Minnesota

13. Minnesota

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Minnesota were up 2,542.16% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

12. Oklahoma

12. Oklahoma

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Oklahoma were up 2,651.14% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

11. South Carolina

11. South Carolina

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in South Carolina were up 2,992.20% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

10. Michigan

10. Michigan

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Michigan were up 3,065.47% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

9. Indiana

9. Indiana

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Indiana were up 3,259.09% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

8. South Dakota

8. South Dakota

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in South Dakota were up 3,430.36% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

7. North Carolina

7. North Carolina

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in North Carolina were up 3,490.17% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

6. Virginia

6. Virginia

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Virginia were up 3,513% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

5. Louisiana

5. Louisiana

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Louisiana were up 3,742.17% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

4. Florida

4. Florida

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Florida were up 4,083.76% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

3. Kentucky

3. Kentucky

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in Kentucky were up 4,241.99% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

2. New Hampshire

2. New Hampshire

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Unemployment insurance initial claims in New Hampshire were up 4,254.91% during the weeks of March 16 through May 11 compared to the same weeks in 2019.

1. Georgia

1. Georgia

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