With more than half of the U.S. starting to reopen at least partially but almost 36.5 million Americans having lost their jobs during the pandemic, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to the Coronavirus, along with accompanying videos.
To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt most by COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on increases in unemployment claims. We used this data to rank the most impacted states in both the latest week for which we have data (May 4) and overall since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis (March 16). Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A. To see the states most impacted since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
Increase in Pennsylvania Unemployment Due to Coronavirus (1=Worst, 25=Avg.):
- 590.84% Increase in Unemployment Claims (May 2020 vs May 2019)
- 75,557 the week of May 4, 2020 vs 10,937 the week of May 6, 2019
- 5th lowest increase in the U.S.
- 176.79% Increase in the Number of Unemployment Claims (May 2020 vs January 2020)
- 75,557 the week of May 4, 2020 vs 27,298 the week of January 1, 2020
- 4th lowest increase in the U.S.
- 1,937.73% Increase in Unemployment Claims Since Pandemic Started
- 1,787,128 between the week of March 16, 2020 and the week of May 4, 2020 vs 92,228 between the week of March 18, 2019 and the week of May 6, 2019
- 18th lowest increase in the U.S.
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