Special Report

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

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Massachusetts
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 902,261 (13th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 23.7% of workforce (16th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 37,740 (14th most)
> April unemployment rate: 15.1% (16th highest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +33,211 (+733.3%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.0% (6th lowest)

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Michigan
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 1,496,219 (7th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 30.3% of workforce (7th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 57,714 (9th most)
> April unemployment rate: 22.7% (2nd highest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +49,311 (+586.8%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.4% (17th lowest)

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Minnesota
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 688,398 (17th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 22.3% of workforce (21st highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 28,615 (18th most)
> April unemployment rate: 8.1% (2nd lowest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +25,923 (+963.0%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 14.9% (4th lowest)

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Mississippi
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 292,836 (19th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 23.1% of workforce (20th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 24,348 (24th fewest)
> April unemployment rate: 15.4% (11th highest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +22,138 (+1,001.7%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.1% (16th highest)

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Missouri
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 585,931 (20th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 19.1% of workforce (19th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 17 – May 23): 25,917 (25th most)
> April unemployment rate: 9.7% (7th lowest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +21,567 (+495.8%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.6% (19th lowest)

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