Special Report

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

Source: tomofbluesprings / Getty Images

Kansas
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 264,520 (18th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 17.9% of workforce (16th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 11,614 (18th fewest)
> April unemployment rate: 11.2% (14th lowest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +9,590 (+473.8%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.8% (14th lowest)

See all stories featuring: Coronavirus in Kansas

Source: alexeys / Getty Images

Kentucky
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 843,661 (14th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 41.0% of workforce (2nd highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 53,738 (10th most)
> April unemployment rate: 15.4% (11th highest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +51,100 (+1,937.1%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.4% (13th highest)

See all stories featuring: Coronavirus in Kentucky

Source: f11photo / Getty Images

Louisiana
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 651,756 (18th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 31.3% of workforce (5th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 23,853 (23rd fewest)
> April unemployment rate: 14.5% (19th highest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +21,111 (+769.9%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.5% (12th highest)

See all stories featuring: Coronavirus in Louisiana

Source: SeanPavonePhoto / Getty Images

Maine
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 144,075 (10th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 21.1% of workforce (23rd highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 4,116 (7th fewest)
> April unemployment rate: 10.6% (13th lowest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +3,640 (+764.7%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.1% (8th lowest)

See all stories featuring: Coronavirus in Maine

Source: HaizhanZheng / Getty Images

Maryland
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 562,381 (22nd most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 17.4% of workforce (13th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 33,240 (16th most)
> April unemployment rate: 9.9% (8th lowest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +30,066 (+947.3%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.7% (12th lowest)

See all stories featuring: Coronavirus in Maryland