Updated: States with the Fastest Recovery for Weekly Unemployment Claims

With COVID-19’s continued grip on the U.S., new unemployment claims increased slightly week-over-week on October 5, but were still 87% 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. Oregon 42. Alaska
2. Vermont 43. North Carolina
3. West Virginia 44. California
4. Pennsylvania 45. Louisiana
5. Connecticut 46. Massachusetts
6. Michigan 47. Georgia
7. Wyoming 48. New Mexico
8. South Carolina 49. Florida
9. Oklahoma 50. Indiana
10. Iowa 51. Kansas

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