Special Report

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

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Oklahoma
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 531,225 (25th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 29.0% of workforce (11th highest)
> April unemployment rate: 13.7% (24th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 37,986 (10th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +35,842 (+1,671.7%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.9% (7th highest)

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Oregon
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 443,272 (23rd fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 21.1% of workforce (25th lowest)
> April unemployment rate: 14.2% (22nd highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 19,506 (25th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +16,015 (+458.8%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.4% (18th lowest)

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Pennsylvania
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 1,979,876 (6th most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 30.7% of workforce (10th highest)
> April unemployment rate: 15.1% (16th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 50,462 (6th most)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +38,472 (+320.9%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 16.7% (20th lowest)

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Rhode Island
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 172,323 (13th fewest)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 31.2% of workforce (9th highest)
> April unemployment rate: 17.0% (4th highest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 2,747 (5th fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +2,275 (+482.0%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 17.1% (25th highest)

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South Carolina
> Unemployment claims since mid-March: 571,996 (23rd most)
> Unemployment claims relative to workforce: 24.2% of workforce (21st highest)
> April unemployment rate: 12.1% (20th lowest)
> Most recent week’s unemployment claims (May 24 – May 30): 18,986 (23rd fewest)
> Change in weekly claims from one year ago: +17,187 (+955.4%)
> Pre-COVID-19 pct. of workers in high-risk industries: 19.6% (10th highest)

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