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

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Hawaii
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 241,260 (17th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 36.3% of workforce (3rd highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 8,683 (16th fewest)
> April unemployment rate: 22.3% (3rd highest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +7,480 (+621.8%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 27.1% (2nd highest)

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Idaho
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 140,807 (9th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 16.2% of workforce (8th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 4,472 (8th fewest)
> April unemployment rate: 11.5% (18th lowest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +3,613 (+420.6%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.1% (16th lowest)

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Illinois
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 1,097,354 (11th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 17.0% of workforce (11th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 58,359 (8th most)
> April unemployment rate: 16.4% (7th highest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +50,693 (+661.3%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 18.8% (17th highest)

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Indiana
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 698,623 (16th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 20.6% of workforce (25th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 26,278 (23rd most)
> April unemployment rate: 16.9% (5th highest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +24,373 (+1,279.4%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 18.0% (21st highest)

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Iowa
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 325,836 (20th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 19.0% of workforce (18th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 14,586 (19th fewest)
> April unemployment rate: 10.2% (11th lowest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +12,458 (+585.4%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 14.9% (3rd lowest)

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