Study: States with the Fastest Weekly Unemployment Claims Recovery

Staff Report

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

With COVID-19’s continued grip on the U.S. and an uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, new unemployment claims increased slightly week-over-week on November 9, but were still 89% below the peak during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help add some context to these statistics, WalletHub just released updated rankings for the States Whose Weekly Unemployment Claims Are Recovering the Quickest, along with accompanying videos and audio files.

To identify which states’ workforces are experiencing the quickest recovery from COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three metrics based on changes in unemployment claims. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A. To see the states most recovered since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.  

Most Recovered Last Week

Least Recovered Last Week

1. South Dakota

42. California

2. Oregon

43. Colorado

3. Vermont

44. Florida

4. New Jersey

45. Alaska

5. West Virginia

46. Indiana

6. South Carolina

47. Virginia

7. Oklahoma

48. New Mexico

8. Iowa

49. Massachusetts

9. Pennsylvania

50. Kansas

10. Arkansas

51. Louisiana

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