Special Report

39 States Where People Gave Up Looking for Jobs During the Pandemic

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39. North Carolina
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +3.8% (Q4 2020 total: 16,500)
> 2020 labor force: 4,950,859
> 2020 unemployment rate: 7.3% — 25th lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +1.1% — 10th largest

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38. Kansas
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +4.0% (Q4 2020 total: 2,600)
> 2020 labor force: 1,497,003
> 2020 unemployment rate: 5.9% — 11th lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.0% — 16th smallest

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37. Arkansas
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +5.0% (Q4 2020 total: 4,200)
> 2020 labor force: 1,354,296
> 2020 unemployment rate: 6.1% — 15th lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.4% — 24th largest

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36. Hawaii
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +6.7% (Q4 2020 total: 1,600)
> 2020 labor force: 648,191
> 2020 unemployment rate: 11.6% — 2nd highest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +-0.6% — 2nd smallest

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35. Washington
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +9.9% (Q4 2020 total: 8,900)
> 2020 labor force: 3,914,869
> 2020 unemployment rate: 8.4% — 12th highest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +1.0% — 11th largest