With 2.1 million more unemployment claims filed this week despite all U.S. states starting to reopen, WalletHub released updated rankings for the States Hit Most by Unemployment Claims, and North Carolina ranked poorly, coming in at 9th.

Since North Carolina is the 10 largest state by population, 9th would indicate it is doing slightly worse than it should for a state its size.

To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt the most by COVID-19, WalletHub 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. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A. To see the states most impacted since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

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.

As every state begins to reopen at least partially after months of keeping non-essential businesses closed, Americans hope to see the massive spike in unemployment start to reverse. More than 40 million Americans have found themselves temporarily or permanently out of a job since the week of March 16, which translates to a staggering 14.5% unemployment. Though the reopening of states will provide opportunities for some people to go back to work, businesses will open in stages rather than all at once, and many may not have the resources to hire as many people as they did previously.

Not all states have experienced the same levels of unemployment due to the pandemic. To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt most by COVID-19, WalletHub 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. Read on for the results, additional commentary from a panel of experts and a full description of our methodology.

Source: WalletHub

 

States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Claims Due to Coronavirus

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

Rank 1 = Most Affected.

Detailed Findings

State Increase in Unemployment Claims (2020 vs 2019)* Increase in Unemployment Claims (May vs January 2020)** Increase in Unemployment Claims (May vs Start of COVID-19 Crisis)***
Florida 2746.18% 3662.04% 3961.00%
Georgia 3821.50% 863.36% 4769.85%
Virginia 2181.58% 1737.86% 3371.78%
Mississippi 1001.72% 1966.89% 2269.54%
Kentucky 1937.07% 938.42% 3969.78%
Oklahoma 1765.68% 991.64% 2629.52%
New Hampshire 1660.86% 910.58% 4062.60%
North Carolina 1167.85% 1132.07% 3243.18%
Louisiana 769.91% 1338.66% 3337.29%
District of Columbia 1033.41% 965.07% 2314.72%
South Dakota 1117.86% 756.78% 3059.38%
Indiana 1279.42% 492.65% 3095.90%
New York 1407.51% 328.56% 1656.26%
Texas 792.41% 935.86% 1681.29%
Maryland 947.26% 734.76% 2074.72%
Delaware 1104.79% 446.63% 1945.54%
Alaska 764.94% 770.23% 1183.93%
Tennessee 774.74% 744.39% 2131.11%
Nevada 745.10% 699.56% 2172.91%
New Mexico 612.61% 819.52% 1944.24%
South Carolina 1151.88% 233.96% 2817.04%
Alabama 899.96% 471.02% 2219.20%
Arizona 550.96% 758.17% 1322.27%
Washington 868.90% 431.52% 2222.54%
Colorado 736.76% 547.10% 2356.18%
Minnesota 962.96% 292.36% 2394.44%
Wyoming 958.99% 247.13% 1302.92%
North Dakota 899.09% 291.99% 2320.88%
Illinois 661.27% 395.45% 1331.63%
Nebraska 576.84% 434.58% 1955.97%
Hawaii 621.78% 375.78% 2050.04%
Oregon 653.60% 309.80% 1107.89%
Kansas 473.81% 475.24% 1772.24%
California 454.78% 478.28% 1188.53%
Michigan 586.83% 337.00% 2708.36%
Maine 764.71% 147.50% 2353.29%
Massachusetts 595.16% 298.77% 1762.38%
Ohio 535.32% 293.74% 2002.09%
Wisconsin 705.58% 120.23% 1246.56%
Iowa 585.43% 218.05% 1580.35%
Pennsylvania 603.79% 154.26% 1681.46%
Missouri 495.79% 246.76% 1938.07%
Arkansas 425.57% 306.21% 1348.70%
Utah 418.04% 259.35% 1639.78%
West Virginia 470.30% 204.48% 1911.97%
Connecticut 516.05% 111.21% 1110.10%
Montana 364.31% 132.60% 1431.98%
Idaho 420.61% 51.23% 1570.47%
New Jersey 319.90% 117.23% 1331.32%
Rhode Island 326.90% 48.07% 1626.70%
Vermont 244.19% 117.65% 1215.13%

*Refers to the increase in the number of unemployment insurance initial claims in the week of May 18, 2020 compared to the week of May 20, 2019.
**Refers to the increase in the number of unemployment insurance initial claims in the week of May 18, 2020 compared to the week of January 1, 2020.
***Refers to the increase in the Number of Unemployment Insurance Initial Claims between the weeks of March 16, 2020 to May 18, 2020 compared to the weeks of March 18, 2019 to May 20, 2019.

 

 

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