Unemployment: Here’s every state’s jobless claims since COVID-19 shut the economy down

Filings for unemployment benefits have spiked since the coronavirus pandemic began, with 4% to 17% of each state's labor force losing their jobs. 24/7 Wall St. compiled a state-by-state review of jobless claims.

Alabama
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 197,483 (8.8% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 105,607 (21st most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 102,716 (3,553%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.8% (21st lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.5% (6th lowest)

Alaska
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 36,991 (10.7% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 15,370 (4th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 14,479 (1,625%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 21.8% (4th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 17.8% (3rd highest)

Arizona
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 250,477 (7.1% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 132,189 (16th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 127,160 (2,528.5%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.3% (15th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.4% (24th lowest)

Arkansas
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 98,023 (7.2% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 60,992 (23rd fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 58,742 (2,610.8%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17% (23rd lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.3% (22nd lowest)

California
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 2,170,108 (11.2% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 925,450 (the most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 889,223 (2,454.6%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.9% (22nd highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

Colorado
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 127,106 (4.1% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 45,494 (17th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 43,591 (2,290.6%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 18.6% (19th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.1% (4th lowest)

Connecticut
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 91,745 (4.8% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 33,418 (15th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 31,089 (1,334.9%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 14.2% (the lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.8% (10th lowest)

Delaware
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 48,776 (10.1% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 18,863 (7th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 18,393 (3,913.4%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17% (22nd lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.8% (6th highest)

Florida
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 472,682 (4.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 169,885 (11th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 163,483 (2,553.6%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 20.1% (6th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.5% (24th highest)

Georgia
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 534,135 (10.5% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 388,175 (2nd most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 383,533 (8,262.2%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.7% (9th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.9% (11th lowest)

Hawaii
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 110,495 (16.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 53,082 (21st fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 51,797 (4,030.9%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 27.1% (2nd highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 17.8% (3rd highest)

Idaho
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 76,549 (8.8% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 30,022 (12th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 29,105 (3,173.9%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.1% (16th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14% (3rd lowest)

Illinois
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 493,475 (7.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 200,940 (9th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 192,064 (2,163.9%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 18.8% (17th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

Indiana
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 332,568 (9.8% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 133,639 (15th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 130,601 (4,298.9%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 18% (21st highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15% (16th lowest)

Iowa
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 164,252 (9.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 67,334 (24th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 65,554 (3,682.8%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 14.9% (3rd lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.2% (5th lowest)

Kansas
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 127,649 (8.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 49,756 (19th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 48,399 (3,566.6%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.8% (14th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.7% (8th lowest)

Kentucky
Unemployment claims since mid-March: 279,307 (13.6% of labor force)
Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 117,135 (17th most)
Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 114,361 (4,122.6%)
Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.4% (13th highest)
Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

Louisiana
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 272,823 (13.1% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 102,985 (23rd most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 101,329 (6,118.9%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.5% (12th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 18% (2nd highest)

Maine
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 75,860 (11.1% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 30,631 (13th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 29,892 (4,044.9%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.1% (8th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.7% (17th highest)

Maryland
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 235,706 (7.3% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 107,408 (20th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 104,926 (4,227.5%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.7% (12th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 13.9% (the lowest)

Massachusetts
• Unemployment claims since mid-March:
 469,457 (12.4% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 139,582 (13th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 135,286 (3,149.1%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15% (6th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.1% (18th lowest)

Michigan
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 817,185 (16.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 384,844 (3rd most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 378,162 (5,659.4%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.4% (17th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.2% (21st lowest)

Minnesota
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 335,987 (10.9% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 111,119 (19th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 107,983 (3,443.3%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 14.9% (4th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15% (16th lowest)

Mississippi
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 84,038 (6.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 46,504 (18th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 45,555 (4,800.3%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.1% (16th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 17.5% (5th highest)

Missouri
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 228,936 (7.5% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 82,399 (25th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 79,760 (3,022.4%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.6% (19th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.7% (17th highest)

Montana
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 
56,123 (10.7% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 20,011 (8th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 19,272 (2,607.8%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.4% (14th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

Nebraska
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 67,213 (6.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 26,788 (10th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 26,199 (4,448%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.7% (11th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.1% (18th lowest)

Nevada
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 
244,105 (15.9% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 79,865 (25th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 77,857 (3,877.3%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 33.5% (the highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 19.7% (the highest)

New Hampshire
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 96,971 (12.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 36,214 (16th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 35,717 (7,186.5%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.1% (9th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15% (16th lowest)

New Jersey
• Unemployment claims since mid-March:
 535,965 (12% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 213,897 (8th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 206,190 (2,675.4%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.4% (24th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

New Mexico
• Unemployment claims since mid-March:
 72,560 (7.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 26,606 (9th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 25,732 (2,944.2%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 18.8% (18th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.2% (14th highest)

New York
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 791,840 (8.3% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 345,246 (4th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 332,643 (2,639.4%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.1% (7th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.4% (8th highest)

North Carolina
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 403,801 (8% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 137,573 (14th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 134,434 (4,282.7%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.6% (23rd highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.5% (24th highest)

North Dakota
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 33,573 (8.4% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 16,093 (5th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 15,821 (5,816.5%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.8% (8th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

Ohio
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 694,779 (12% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 224,182 (7th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 218,171 (3,629.5%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17% (24th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.4% (8th highest)

Oklahoma
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 
120,794 (6.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 51,124 (20th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 49,100 (2,425.9%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.9% (7th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.7% (8th lowest)

Oregon
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 
134,198 (6.4% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 56,646 (22nd fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 52,178 (1,167.8%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.4% (18th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.5% (24th highest)

Pennsylvania
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 1,065,846 (16.5% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 283,718 (6th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 272,591 (2,449.8%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.7% (20th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.6% (7th highest)

Rhode Island
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 91,902 (16.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 28,255 (11th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 27,586 (4,123.5%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.1% (25th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.4% (24th lowest)

South Carolina
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 183,319 (7.8% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 85,018 (24th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 82,909 (3,931.2%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.6% (10th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15% (16th lowest)

South Dakota
• Unemployment claims since mid-March:
 16,478 (3.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 7,916 (2nd fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 7,773 (5,435.7%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 14.5% (2nd lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.8% (15th highest)

Tennessee
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 246,718 (7.4% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 116,141 (18th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 111,823 (2,589.7%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 20.3% (5th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.8% (15th highest)

Texas
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 745,443 (5.3% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 313,832 (5th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 300,739 (2,296.9%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.6% (11th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.2% (21st lowest)

Utah
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 81,298 (5.1% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 33,076 (14th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 32,050 (3,123.8%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17% (25th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.8% (10th lowest)

Vermont
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 34,593 (10.1% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 16,176 (6th fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 15,657 (3,016.8%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.4% (10th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15% (16th lowest)

Virginia
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 308,532 (7% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 149,758 (12th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 147,603 (6,849.3%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.7% (13th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14% (3rd lowest)

Washington
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 489,585 (12.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 176,827 (10th most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 170,528 (2,707.2%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15% (5th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.2% (21st lowest)

West Virginia
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 32,204 (4.1% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 14,145 (3rd fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 13,467 (1,986.3%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 18.2% (20th highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

Wisconsin
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 266,741 (8.6% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 104,776 (22nd most)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 99,395 (1,847.1%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.8% (15th lowest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

Wyoming
• Unemployment claims since mid-March: 14,949 (5.2% of labor force)
• Most recent week’s unemployment claims (March 29 – April 4): 4,900 (the fewest)
• Increase in weekly claims from one year ago: 4,556 (1,324.4%)
• Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 25.5% (3rd highest)
• Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/money/2020/04/14/covid-19-economy-these-every-states-unemployment-claims/5130068002/

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