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Which states have biggest increases in unemployment due to COVID-19?

The U.S. unemployment rate is still on an upward trend, with roughly 30.3 million Americans now having lost their jobs since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that some states have already begun to selectively reopen businesses. On April 30, WalletHub released updated rankings for the States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to the Coronavirus as a follow-up to our report on the Cities with the Biggest Growth in Unemployment Due to COVID-19, 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 (April 20) and overall since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis (March 16). To see the states most impacted since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Most Affected States Last WeekLeast Affected States Last Week
1. Florida42. Pennsylvania
2. Georgia43. Maine
3. Kentucky44. Delaware
4. Louisiana45. Wyoming
5. North Carolina46. Wisconsin
6. South Dakota47. Vermont
7. Virginia48. Idaho
8. West Virginia49. Montana
9. Mississippi50. Connecticut
10. Alabama51. New Jersey

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please click here.