Special Report

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

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Alabama
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 547,548 (25th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 24.4% of workforce (20th highest)
> April unemployment rate: 12.9% (25th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 20,785 (24th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +17,856 (+609.6%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.8% (21st lowest)

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Alaska
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 111,860 (7th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 32.4% of workforce (6th highest)
> April unemployment rate: 12.9% (25th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 7,818 (16th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +6,845 (+703.5%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 21.8% (4th highest)

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Arizona
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 628,769 (19th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 17.9% of workforce (12th lowest)
> April unemployment rate: 12.6% (22nd lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 22,067 (23rd most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +17,989 (+441.1%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.3% (15th highest)

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Arkansas
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 235,280 (16th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 17.3% of workforce (10th lowest)
> April unemployment rate: 10.2% (11th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 8,050 (17th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +5,448 (+209.4%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.0% (23rd lowest)

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California
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 4,853,169 (the most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 25.0% of workforce (17th highest)
> April unemployment rate: 15.5% (10th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 230,461 (the most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +195,680 (+562.6%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.9% (22nd highest)

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