COVID-19 economy: States most likely to be crippled by the virus

24/7 Wall St. created an index of the pandemic’s ongoing impact on each state’s economy, taking into account the number of COVID-19 cases per 10,000 residents, the share of employment in industries deemed high risk by Moody’s, new unemployment claims since mid-March and projected unemployment rates by state for July 2020 from the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank. 

50. South Dakota
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 14.5% of total (2nd lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 28,187 (6.2% of workforce – the lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 2,040 (23.1 per 10,000 people – 14th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 10 (0.1 per 10,000 people – 2nd lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.8% (15th highest)

49. Utah
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 17.0% of total (25th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 125,050 (7.9% of workforce – 2nd lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 4,123 (13.0 per 10,000 people – 23rd lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 41 (0.1 per 10,000 people – 5th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.8% (10th lowest)

48. Virginia
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 15.7% of total (13th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 495,149 (11.3% of workforce – 11th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 12,970 (15.2 per 10,000 people – 21st highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 448 (0.5 per 10,000 people – 20th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.0% (3rd lowest)

47. Maryland
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 15.7% of total (12th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 347,367 (10.7% of workforce – 7th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 16,616 (27.5 per 10,000 people – 11th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 723 (1.2 per 10,000 people – 12th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 13.9% (the lowest)

46. Nebraska
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 15.7% of total (11th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 96,098 (9.4% of workforce – 5th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 3,028 (15.7 per 10,000 people – 19th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 56 (0.3 per 10,000 people – 13th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.1% (18th lowest)

45. Idaho
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 16.1% of total (16th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 108,418 (12.5% of workforce – 19th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 1,897 (10.8 per 10,000 people – 17th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 56 (0.3 per 10,000 people – 15th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.0% (3rd lowest)

44. Iowa
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 14.9% of total (3rd lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 232,913 (13.6% of workforce – 25th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 5,868 (18.6 per 10,000 people – 17th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 127 (0.4 per 10,000 people – 19th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.2% (5th lowest)

43. Colorado
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 18.6% of total (19th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 301,177 (9.7% of workforce – 6th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 13,441 (23.6 per 10,000 people – 13th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 680 (1.2 per 10,000 people – 13th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.1% (4th lowest)

42. Kansas
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 15.8% of total (14th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 188,992 (12.8% of workforce – 21st lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 3,174 (10.9 per 10,000 people – 18th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 118 (0.4 per 10,000 people – 20th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.7% (8th lowest)

41. Oregon
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 16.4% of total (18th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 230,022 (11.0% of workforce – 8th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 2,311 (5.5 per 10,000 people – 4th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 91 (0.2 per 10,000 people – 9th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.5% (24th highest)

40. Texas
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 19.6% of total (11th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 1.3 million (9.3% of workforce – 4th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 25,297 (8.8 per 10,000 people – 11th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 663 (0.2 per 10,000 people – 10th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.2% (21st lowest)

39. Arkansas
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 17.0% of total (23rd lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 158,982 (11.7% of workforce – 14th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 3,001 (10.0 per 10,000 people – 14th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 50 (0.2 per 10,000 people – 7th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.3% (22nd lowest)

38. Wisconsin
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 15.8% of total (15th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 392,674 (12.7% of workforce – 20th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 5,911 (10.2 per 10,000 people – 15th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 272 (0.5 per 10,000 people – 25th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

37. Vermont
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 15.4% of total (10th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 50,987 (14.8% of workforce – 20th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 834 (13.3 per 10,000 people – 25th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 47 (0.8 per 10,000 people – 17th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.0% (16th lowest)

36. Minnesota
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 14.9% of total (4th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 503,134 (16.3% of workforce – 16th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 3,816 (6.8 per 10,000 people – 7th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 286 (0.5 per 10,000 people – 22nd highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.0% (16th lowest)

35. Missouri
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 16.6% of total (19th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 392,799 (12.8% of workforce – 24th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 6,997 (11.4 per 10,000 people – 20th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 274 (0.4 per 10,000 people – 23rd lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.7% (17th highest)

34. Alabama
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 16.8% of total (21st lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 341,561 (15.2% of workforce – 18th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 6,467 (13.2 per 10,000 people – 24th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 219 (0.4 per 10,000 people – 24th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.5% (6th lowest)

33. Maine
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 15.1% of total (8th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 101,073 (14.8% of workforce – 21st highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 1,023 (7.6 per 10,000 people – 8th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 51 (0.4 per 10,000 people – 17th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.7% (17th highest)

32. Oklahoma
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 19.9% of total (7th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 224,982 (12.3% of workforce – 18th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 3,253 (8.2 per 10,000 people – 9th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 195 (0.5 per 10,000 people – 23rd highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.7% (8th lowest)

31. Connecticut
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 14.2% of total (the lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 228,598 (12.1% of workforce – 17th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 25,269 (70.7 per 10,000 people – 5th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 1,924 (5.4 per 10,000 people – 3rd highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.8% (10th lowest)

30. North Carolina
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 17.6% of total (23rd highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 648,320 (12.8% of workforce – 22nd lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 9,142 (8.8 per 10,000 people – 10th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 306 (0.3 per 10,000 people – 14th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.5% (24th highest)

29. Arizona
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 19.3% of total (15th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 421,090 (12.0% of workforce – 16th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 6,526 (9.1 per 10,000 people – 12th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 275 (0.4 per 10,000 people – 18th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.4% (24th lowest)

28. West Virginia
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 18.2% of total (20th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 93,748 (11.9% of workforce – 15th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 1,053 (5.8 per 10,000 people – 5th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 34 (0.2 per 10,000 people – 8th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

27. New Mexico
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 18.8% of total (18th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 104,467 (11.0% of workforce – 9th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 2,726 (13.0 per 10,000 people – 22nd lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 99 (0.5 per 10,000 people – 24th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.2% (14th highest)

26. Florida
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 20.1% of total (6th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 1.2 million (11.3% of workforce – 10th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 32,138 (15.1 per 10,000 people – 22nd highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 1,088 (0.5 per 10,000 people – 21st highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.5% (24th highest)

25. Illinois
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 18.8% of total (17th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 737,472 (11.4% of workforce – 12th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 43,903 (34.5 per 10,000 people – 9th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 1,933 (1.5 per 10,000 people – 8th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

24. Tennessee
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 20.3% of total (5th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 383,618 (11.6% of workforce – 13th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 9,667 (14.3 per 10,000 people – 23rd highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 181 (0.3 per 10,000 people – 12th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.8% (15th highest)

23. New Hampshire
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 15.1% of total (9th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 144,342 (18.8% of workforce – 9th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 1,864 (13.7 per 10,000 people – 24th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 60 (0.4 per 10,000 people – 22nd lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.0% (16th lowest)

22. North Dakota
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 19.8% of total (8th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 51,149 (12.8% of workforce – 23rd lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 942 (12.4 per 10,000 people – 21st lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 19 (0.2 per 10,000 people – 11th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

21. Indiana
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 18.0% of total (21st highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 515,177 (15.2% of workforce – 19th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 15,961 (23.9 per 10,000 people – 12th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 844 (1.3 per 10,000 people – 10th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.0% (16th lowest)

20. South Carolina
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 19.6% of total (10th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 347,137 (14.7% of workforce – 23rd highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 5,490 (10.8 per 10,000 people – 16th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 174 (0.3 per 10,000 people – 16th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.0% (16th lowest)

19. Washington
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 15.0% of total (5th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 717,570 (18.5% of workforce – 10th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 13,521 (17.9 per 10,000 people – 18th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 749 (1.0 per 10,000 people – 14th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.2% (21st lowest)

18. California
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 17.9% of total (22nd highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 3.4 million (17.3% of workforce – 13th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 43,703 (11.0 per 10,000 people – 19th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 1,720 (0.4 per 10,000 people – 21st lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

17. Wyoming
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 25.5% of total (3rd highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 25,707 (8.9% of workforce – 3rd lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 370 (6.4 per 10,000 people – 6th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 7 (0.1 per 10,000 people – 3rd lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

16. Ohio
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 17.0% of total (24th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 964,906 (16.7% of workforce – 15th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 15,963 (13.7 per 10,000 people – 25th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 728 (0.6 per 10,000 people – 19th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.4% (8th highest)

15. Montana
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 19.4% of total (14th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 82,140 (15.6% of workforce – 17th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 449 (4.2 per 10,000 people – the lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 14 (0.1 per 10,000 people – 6th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

14. Mississippi
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 19.1% of total (16th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 164,977 (13.0% of workforce – 25th lowest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 6,094 (20.4 per 10,000 people – 16th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 229 (0.8 per 10,000 people – 16th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 17.5% (5th highest)

13. Massachusetts
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 15.0% of total (6th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 653,680 (17.2% of workforce – 14th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 54,938 (79.6 per 10,000 people – 3rd highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 2,899 (4.2 per 10,000 people – 4th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.1% (18th lowest)

12. Delaware
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 17.0% of total (22nd lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 71,316 (14.8% of workforce – 22nd highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 4,162 (43.0 per 10,000 people – 7th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 125 (1.3 per 10,000 people – 9th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.8% (6th highest)

11. Georgia
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 19.7% of total (9th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 1.1 million (21.5% of workforce – 7th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 23,773 (22.6 per 10,000 people – 15th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 942 (0.9 per 10,000 people – 15th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.9% (11th lowest)

10. Michigan
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 16.4% of total (17th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 1.2 million (23.9% of workforce – 4th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 37,778 (37.8 per 10,000 people – 8th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 3,315 (3.3 per 10,000 people – 6th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.2% (21st lowest)

9. New York
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 15.1% of total (7th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 1.4 million (14.6% of workforce – 24th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 288,045 (147.4 per 10,000 people – the highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 16,966 (8.7 per 10,000 people – the highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.4% (8th highest)

8. Alaska
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 21.8% of total (4th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 61,245 (17.7% of workforce – 12th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 341 (4.6 per 10,000 people – 3rd lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 9 (0.1 per 10,000 people – 4th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 17.8% (3rd highest)

7. Pennsylvania
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 16.7% of total (20th lowest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 1.5 million (23.2% of workforce – 5th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 42,050 (32.8 per 10,000 people – 10th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 1,597 (1.2 per 10,000 people – 11th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.6% (7th highest)

6. Kentucky
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 19.4% of total (13th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 499,572 (24.3% of workforce – 2nd highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 4,074 (9.1 per 10,000 people – 13th lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 208 (0.5 per 10,000 people – 25th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

5. New Jersey
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 17.4% of total (24th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 817,601 (18.3% of workforce – 11th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 111,188 (124.8 per 10,000 people – 2nd highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 6,044 (6.8 per 10,000 people – 2nd highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

4. Rhode Island
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 17.1% of total (25th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 131,977 (23.9% of workforce – 3rd highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 7,708 (72.9 per 10,000 people – 4th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 233 (2.2 per 10,000 people – 7th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.4% (24th lowest)

3. Louisiana
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 19.5% of total (12th highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 442,151 (21.3% of workforce – 8th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 27,068 (58.1 per 10,000 people – 6th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 1,697 (3.6 per 10,000 people – 5th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 18.0% (2nd highest)

2. Hawaii
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 27.1% of total (2nd highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 171,708 (25.8% of workforce – the highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 606 (4.3 per 10,000 people – 2nd lowest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 14 (0.1 per 10,000 people – the lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 17.8% (3rd highest)

1. Nevada
• Workforce in high-risk industries: 33.5% of total (the highest)
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 343,075 (22.4% of workforce – 6th highest)
• COVID cases as of April 27, 2020: 4,639 (15.3 per 10,000 people – 20th highest)
• COVID deaths as of April 27, 2020: 206 (0.7 per 10,000 people – 18th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 19.7% (the highest)

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/money/2020/05/08/state-economies-most-likely-to-be-crippled-by-covid-19/111645936/

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