Report Shows States with Biggest Increase in Unemployment

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Wallethub recently released a report that shows states with the biggest increases in unemployment due to COVID-19.  To determine how severely COVID-19 has impacted unemployment in each state, the following metrics were factored into the calculations:

  1. Increase in Unemployment Insurance Initial Claims in 2020 vs. 2019
  2. Increase in Number of Unemployment Insurance Initial Claims in 2020
  3. Increase in Number of Unemployment Insurance Initial Claims Since Start of COVID-19 Crisis vs. the Same Period Last Year

With rankings closer to “1” being the states that have higher rates of unemployment due to COVID-19, and “52” being the states that have lower rates of unemployment, Kansas low/central ranking compared to the rest of the nation.  The following chart reflects the impact COVID-19 has inflicted upon Kansas unemployment:

Most Affected Last WeekMost Affected Since Start of COVID-19 CrisisIncrease in Unemployment Claims (2020 vs. 2019)Increase in Unemployment Claims (April vs. January 2020)Increase in Unemployment Claims (April vs. State of COVID-19 Crisis)
30 252270.49% 1423.97% 2916.69%
coronavirus job losses surge

To view the full report, click here.

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