Special Report

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

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Alabama
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 406,732 (18.1% of workforce)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 19 – April 25): 64,170 (18th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +62,250 (+3,242%)
> 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: 71,606 (20.7% of workforce)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 19 – April 25): 11,187 (10th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +10,324 (+1,196%)
> 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: 473,802 (13.5% of workforce)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 19 – April 25): 52,098 (22nd most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +46,795 (+882%)
> 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: 176,895 (13.0% of workforce)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 19 – April 25): 16,745 (15th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +15,408 (+1,152%)
> 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: 3.7 million (18.9% of workforce)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 19 – April 25): 328,042 (2nd most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +287,730 (+714%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.9% (22nd highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)