Special Report

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

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Alabama
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 471,441 (25th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 21.0% of workforce (18th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 3 – May 9): 25,929 (23rd fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +23,525 (+978.6%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.8% (21st lowest)
> Projected July 2020 unemployment rate: 14.5% (6th lowest)

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Alaska
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 88,643 (5th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 25.7% of workforce (11th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 3 – May 9): 8,367 (12th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +7,596 (+985.2%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 21.8% (4th highest)
> Projected July 2020 unemployment rate: 17.8% (3rd highest)

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Arizona
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 548,489 (20th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 15.6% of workforce (14th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 3 – May 9): 31,795 (23rd most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +27,531 (+645.7%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.3% (15th highest)
> Projected July 2020 unemployment rate: 15.4% (24th lowest)

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Arkansas
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 202,517 (16th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 14.9% of workforce (9th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 3 – May 9): 12,416 (17th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +10,734 (+638.2%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.0% (23rd lowest)
> Projected July 2020 unemployment rate: 15.3% (22nd lowest)

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California
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 4.2 million (the most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 21.7% of workforce (16th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 3 – May 9): 214,028 (4th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +174,410 (+440.2%)
> Pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.9% (22nd highest)
> Projected July 2020 unemployment rate: 15.6% (19th highest)

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