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

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Kansas
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 275,563 (18th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 18.6% of workforce (15th lowest)
> April unemployment rate: 11.2% (14th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 10,429 (18th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +8,896 (+580.3%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.8% (14th lowest)

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Kentucky
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 908,505 (14th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 44.2% of workforce (2nd highest)
> April unemployment rate: 15.4% (11th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 42,793 (8th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +40,390 (+1,680.8%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.4% (13th highest)

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Louisiana
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 683,254 (18th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 32.8% of workforce (4th highest)
> April unemployment rate: 14.5% (19th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 19,810 (25th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +17,010 (+607.5%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.5% (12th highest)

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Maine
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 173,477 (14th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 25.4% of workforce (15th highest)
> April unemployment rate: 10.6% (13th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 11,191 (19th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +10,840 (+3,088.3%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.1% (8th lowest)

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Maryland
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 604,849 (22nd most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 18.7% of workforce (16th lowest)
> April unemployment rate: 9.9% (8th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 31,343 (15th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +28,713 (+1,091.7%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 15.7% (12th lowest)

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