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Updated: North Carolina Is the 10th Most Hit State by Unemployment Claims

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With over 44 million Americans losing their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and new unemployment claims this week higher than in the same week last year, WalletHub released updated rankings for the States Hit Most by Unemployment Claims, along with accompanying videos.

To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt the most by COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on increases in unemployment claims during the latest week for which we have data (June 1) and overall since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis (March 16). We used this data to rank the most impacted states for both periods. 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 North Carolina Unemployment Claims Due to Coronavirus (1=Worst, 25=Avg.):

  • - 920.88% Increase in Unemployment Claims (June 2020 vs June 2019)
    • - 33,148 the week of June 1, 2020, vs 3,247 the week of June 3, 2019
    • - 9th highest increase in the U.S.


  • - 844.93% Increase in the Number of Unemployment Claims (June 2020 vs January 2020)
    • - 33,148 the week of June 1, 2020, vs 3,508 the week of January 1, 2020
    • - 7th highest increase in the U.S.


  • - 2,901.13% Increase in Unemployment Claims Since Pandemic Started
    • - 1,053,632 between the week of March 16, 2020, and the week of June 1, 2020, vs 36,318 between the week of March 18, 2019, and the week of June 3, 2019
    • - 6th highest increase in the U.S.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-biggest-increase-in-unemployment-due-to-coronavirus/72730/.  

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