Special Report

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

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Alabama
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 524,617 (25th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 23.4% of workforce (17th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 27,289 (21st most)
> April unemployment rate: 12.9% (25th highest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +24,560 (+900.0%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.8% (21st lowest)

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Alaska
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 104,361 (6th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 30.2% of workforce (9th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 8,537 (15th fewest)
> April unemployment rate: 12.9% (25th highest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +7,550 (+764.9%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 21.8% (4th highest)

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Arizona
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 607,099 (19th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 17.3% of workforce (12th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 26,878 (22nd most)
> April unemployment rate: 12.6% (22nd lowest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +22,749 (+551.0%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.3% (15th highest)

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Arkansas
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 225,144 (16th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 16.6% of workforce (10th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 10,464 (17th fewest)
> April unemployment rate: 10.2% (11th lowest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +8,473 (+425.6%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.0% (23rd lowest)

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California
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 4,663,553 (the most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 24.0% of workforce (15th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 212,343 (the most)
> April unemployment rate: 15.5% (10th highest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +174,068 (+454.8%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.9% (22nd highest)

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