Special Report

Every State's Unemployment Claims Since COVID-19 Shut the Economy Down

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Virginia
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 412,866 (9.4% of labor force)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 5 – April 11): 106,723 (15th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +104,463 (+4,622.3%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.7% (13th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.0% (3rd lowest)

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Washington
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 634,526 (16.4% of labor force)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 5 – April 11): 150,516 (9th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +143,577 (+2,069.1%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.0% (5th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.2% (21st lowest)

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West Virginia
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 47,148 (6.0% of labor force)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 5 – April 11): 14,595 (9th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +13,637 (+1,423.5%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 18.2% (20th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

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Wisconsin
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 336,672 (10.9% of labor force)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 5 – April 11): 69,884 (25th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +65,200 (+1,392.0%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.8% (15th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

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Wyoming
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 21,496 (7.5% of labor force)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 5 – April 11): 4,904 (the fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +4,307 (+721.4%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 25.5% (3rd highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

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