Special Report

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

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Alabama
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 289,694 (12.9% of labor force)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 5 – April 11): 91,079 (20th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +88,698 (+3,725.2%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.8% (21st lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.5% (6th lowest)

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Alaska
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 48,963 (14.2% of labor force)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 5 – April 11): 12,752 (5th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +11,760 (+1,185.5%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 21.8% (4th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 17.8% (3rd highest)

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Arizona
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 348,500 (9.9% of labor force)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 5 – April 11): 97,784 (18th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +91,936 (+1,572.1%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.3% (15th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.4% (24th lowest)

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Arkansas
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 133,752 (9.9% of labor force)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 5 – April 11): 34,635 (18th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +33,184 (+2,287.0%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.0% (23rd lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.3% (22nd lowest)

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California
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 2,824,438 (14.5% of labor force)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 5 – April 11): 660,966 (the most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +621,537 (+1,576.3%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.9% (22nd highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)