Special Report

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

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34. Minnesota
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +11.1% (Q4 2020 total: 3,000)
> 2020 labor force: 3,094,702
> 2020 unemployment rate: 6.2% — 18th lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.3% — 24th smallest

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33. Mississippi
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +15.6% (Q4 2020 total: 7,400)
> 2020 labor force: 1,259,347
> 2020 unemployment rate: 8.1% — 15th highest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +-0.3% — 6th smallest

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32. North Dakota
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +16.7% (Q4 2020 total: 700)
> 2020 labor force: 406,839
> 2020 unemployment rate: 5.1% — 4th lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.4% — 23rd largest

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31. Rhode Island
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +18.2% (Q4 2020 total: 1,300)
> 2020 labor force: 541,680
> 2020 unemployment rate: 9.4% — 8th highest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +-0.2% — 8th smallest

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30. Alaska
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +18.8% (Q4 2020 total: 1,900)
> 2020 labor force: 347,414
> 2020 unemployment rate: 7.8% — 19th highest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +-0.1% — 13th smallest