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

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14. California
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +74.9% (Q4 2020 total: 80,800)
> 2020 labor force: 18,821,167
> 2020 unemployment rate: 10.1% — 3rd highest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +-0.4% — 5th smallest

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13. Connecticut
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +78.3% (Q4 2020 total: 10,700)
> 2020 labor force: 1,872,631
> 2020 unemployment rate: 7.9% — 18th highest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +-0.2% — 7th smallest

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12. New Jersey
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +85.5% (Q4 2020 total: 15,400)
> 2020 labor force: 4,495,166
> 2020 unemployment rate: 9.8% — 6th highest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.0% — 14th smallest

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11. Ohio
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +90.9% (Q4 2020 total: 16,800)
> 2020 labor force: 5,754,286
> 2020 unemployment rate: 8.1% — 16th highest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.0% — 17th smallest

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10. New Hampshire
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +100.0% (Q4 2020 total: 1,400)
> 2020 labor force: 761,732
> 2020 unemployment rate: 6.7% — 22nd lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.5% — 20th largest

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