Special Report

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

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4. Maryland
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +203.1% (Q4 2020 total: 9,700)
> 2020 labor force: 3,172,796
> 2020 unemployment rate: 6.8% — 23rd lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.2% — 19th smallest

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3. Iowa
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +216.7% (Q4 2020 total: 3,800)
> 2020 labor force: 1,666,420
> 2020 unemployment rate: 5.3% — 5th lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.3% — 23rd smallest

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2. Wyoming
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +250.0% (Q4 2020 total: 700)
> 2020 labor force: 296,801
> 2020 unemployment rate: 5.8% — 9th lowest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.6% — 17th largest

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1. Oregon
> Chg. in discouraged workers, Q4 2019-Q4 2020: +407.1% (Q4 2020 total: 7,100)
> 2020 labor force: 2,104,657
> 2020 unemployment rate: 7.6% — 22nd highest
> Population change, 2019-2020: +0.6% — 19th largest