Many parts of the U.S. are dealing with a surge in COVID-19 cases, and some states have temporarily paused their reopening processes or even closed down some of the businesses that previously reopened. Unfortunately, this slowdown of reopening has had a negative impact on the job market, and the U.S. experienced more new unemployment claims last week than the previous week (a 19% increase) as a result.
There are currently 10.7 million Americans unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in total. Last week, there were 853,000 new unemployment claims nationwide, compared to 6.9 million during the peak of the pandemic (an 88% reduction). Still, the increase from the previous week is concerning.
To identify which states’ workforces are experiencing the biggest increases in unemployment claims due to COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three metrics.
Biggest Increase Week of 11/30
2. New Mexico
9. New Hampshire
To view the full report https://wallethub.com/edu/states-unemployment-claims/72730/
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