Special Report

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

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Virginia
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 802,990 (15th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 18.3% of workforce (14th lowest)
> April unemployment rate: 10.6% (13th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 32,202 (14th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +29,814 (+1,248.5%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.7% (13th lowest)

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Washington
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 1,265,262 (9th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 32.6% of workforce (5th highest)
> April unemployment rate: 15.4% (11th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 34,873 (12th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +29,965 (+610.5%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.0% (5th lowest)

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West Virginia
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 158,322 (10th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 20.1% of workforce (21st lowest)
> April unemployment rate: 15.2% (15th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 4,535 (9th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +3,671 (+424.9%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 18.2% (20th highest)

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Wisconsin
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 611,965 (20th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 19.7% of workforce (18th lowest)
> April unemployment rate: 14.1% (23rd highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 25,026 (18th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +21,273 (+566.8%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.8% (15th lowest)

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Wyoming
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 43,378 (the fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 15.1% of workforce (5th lowest)
> April unemployment rate: 9.2% (5th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 1,926 (3rd fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +1,486 (+337.7%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 25.5% (3rd highest)

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