Special Report

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

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29. Virginia
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +20.4% (Q4 2020 total: 12,400)
> 2020 labor force: 4,346,644
> 2020 unemployment rate: 6.2% — 16th lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.6% — 16th largest

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28. Georgia
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +21.1% (Q4 2020 total: 23,000)
> 2020 labor force: 5,072,155
> 2020 unemployment rate: 6.5% — 20th lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.9% — 13th largest

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27. Michigan
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +31.5% (Q4 2020 total: 18,800)
> 2020 labor force: 4,840,843
> 2020 unemployment rate: 9.9% — 5th highest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +-0.2% — 9th smallest

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26. Oklahoma
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +33.3% (Q4 2020 total: 5,600)
> 2020 labor force: 1,848,485
> 2020 unemployment rate: 6.1% — 13th lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.6% — 18th largest

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25. District of Columbia
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +38.5% (Q4 2020 total: 1,800)
> 2020 labor force: 409,734
> 2020 unemployment rate: 8.0%
> Population change, 2019-2020: +1.0%