With increased vaccine eligibility and the gradual lifting of restrictions on businesses, new unemployment claims increased slightly week-over-week on March 29, but were still 89 percent 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 Unemployment Claims Are Recovering the Quickest, along with accompanying videos and audio files.
• The good news is that every state had unemployment claims last week that were better than the same week last year.
• The following states had unemployment claims last week that were lower than before the pandemic: Arkansas, Kansas, and Arizona.
Most Recovered States Last Week
4. South Dakota
5. New Hampshire
9. South Carolina
Least Recovered States Last Week
43. Rhode Island
46. District of Columbia
49. West Virginia
50. New Mexico
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