Special Report

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

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Kansas
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 215,722 (14.6% of workforce)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 19 – April 25): 28,054 (17th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +26,783 (+2,107%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.8% (14th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.7% (8th lowest)

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Kentucky
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 590,829 (28.7% of workforce)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 19 – April 25): 90,824 (9th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +89,108 (+5,193%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.4% (13th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

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Louisiana
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 508,202 (24.4% of workforce)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 19 – April 25): 66,167 (16th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +64,137 (+3,159%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.5% (12th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 18.0% (2nd highest)

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Maine
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 108,874 (15.9% of workforce)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 19 – April 25): 7,478 (6th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +6,758 (+939%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.1% (8th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.7% (17th highest)

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Maryland
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 385,657 (11.9% of workforce)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (April 19 – April 25): 36,471 (22nd fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +33,939 (+1,340%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.7% (12th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 13.9% (the lowest)