The U.S. unemployment rate is still on an upward trend, with roughly 30.3 million Americans now having lost their jobs since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that some states have already begun to selectively reopen businesses.

WalletHub released updated rankings for the States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to the Coronavirus as a follow-up to our report on the Cities with the Biggest Growth in Unemployment Due to COVID-19, along with accompanying videos.

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. We used this data to rank the most impacted states in both the latest week for which we have data (April 20) and overall since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis (March 16). 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 Due to Coronavirus (1=Worst, 25=Avg.):

  • 3,330.91% Increase in Unemployment Claims (April 2020 vs April 2019)
    • 97,232 the week of April 20, 2020 vs 2,834 the week of April 22, 2019
    • 6th highest increase in the U.S.
  • 2,671.72% Increase in the Number of Unemployment Claims (April 2020 vs January 2020)
    • 97,232 the week of April 20, 2020 vs 3,508 the week of January 1, 2020
    • 4th highest increase in the U.S.
  • 4,332.19% Increase in Unemployment Claims Since Pandemic Started
    • 747,303 between the week of March 16, 2020 and the week of April 20, 2020 vs 17,250 between the week of March 18, 2019 and the week of April 22, 2019
    • 6th highest increase in the U.S.

States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to COVID-19

Adam McCann, Financial Writer  •  Apr 30, 2020

Source: WalletHub

 

States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus

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

Rank 1 = Most Affected.

Detailed Findings

State Increase in Unemployment Claims (2020 vs 2019)* Increase in Unemployment Claims (April vs January 2020)** Increase in Unemployment Claims (April vs Start of COVID-19 Crisis)***
Florida 7229.92% 9264.77% 4521.47%
Georgia 5841.62% 1452.27% 4999.06%
Kentucky 5192.77% 1655.05% 4650.00%
Louisiana 3159.46% 3890.77% 4862.71%
North Carolina 3330.91% 2671.72% 4332.19%
South Dakota 4176.98% 1254.02% 3974.44%
Virginia 3435.96% 2222.55% 4322.42%
West Virginia 3073.39% 1791.05% 2603.62%
Mississippi 2012.14% 2942.70% 3156.01%
Alabama 3242.19% 1242.75% 2991.34%
Washington 2632.09% 1354.08% 2436.92%
South Carolina 2974.99% 772.16% 3541.21%
Texas 2003.60% 1955.46% 2015.72%
Indiana 2508.95% 1194.47% 3949.32%
Nevada 1879.04% 1889.53% 2914.57%
District of Columbia 1975.83% 1596.05% 2984.38%
Kansas 2107.24% 1289.50% 2746.65%
New Hampshire 1562.46% 1979.28% 4901.75%
Oklahoma 2018.26% 1346.72% 2451.96%
New Mexico 1812.41% 1616.15% 2488.17%
Colorado 1872.60% 1478.24% 3103.66%
Tennessee 1979.39% 1319.97% 2763.90%
North Dakota 2135.14% 736.84% 3685.88%
Missouri 2086.19% 601.14% 2697.01%
Hawaii 1675.12% 1139.18% 2785.60%
Minnesota 1908.29% 634.42% 3073.55%
Ohio 1503.82% 743.57% 3005.48%
Arizona 882.43% 1563.41% 1653.64%
Nebraska 1549.30% 645.86% 2739.34%
Michigan 1633.36% 515.67% 4014.01%
Alaska 1196.29% 1040.37% 1339.68%
Maryland 1340.40% 815.90% 2355.88%
Massachusetts 1422.70% 647.19% 2217.66%
Oregon 1326.63% 595.89% 1155.29%
Iowa 1343.52% 528.59% 2249.60%
Utah 1075.94% 679.31% 2196.53%
Arkansas 1152.43% 550.04% 1780.88%
Rhode Island 1075.13% 566.23% 1928.42%
Illinois 1011.42% 589.74% 1663.86%
New York 1078.21% 388.14% 1986.11%
California 713.76% 793.36% 1542.79%
Pennsylvania 1010.96% 380.92% 2337.93%
Maine 938.61% 349.67% 2658.71%
Delaware 583.17% 786.17% 2382.62%
Wyoming 909.09% 335.95% 1392.16%
Wisconsin 920.45% 288.28% 1429.89%
Vermont 649.77% 631.03% 1508.66%
Idaho 954.59% 179.61% 2000.56%
Montana 673.25% 325.66% 1941.09%
Connecticut 481.13% 320.75% 1115.12%
New Jersey 415.44% 363.41% 1639.84%

*Refers to the increase in the number of unemployment insurance initial claims in the week of April 20, 2020 compared to the week of April 22, 2019.
**Refers to the increase in the number of unemployment insurance initial claims in the week of April 20, 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 April 20, 2020 compared to the weeks of March 18, 2019 to April 22, 2019.

Coronavirus Job Losses vs. Great Recession


Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, St. Louis Federal Reserve.

 

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