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.

Key Stats:

• 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

1. Arkansas

2. Kansas

3. Arizona

4. South Dakota

5. New Hampshire

6. Alabama

7. Michigan

8. Illinois

9. South Carolina

10. Washington

Least Recovered States Last Week

42. Oklahoma

43. Rhode Island

44. Ohio

45. Kentucky

46. District of Columbia

47. Louisiana

48. Texas

49. West Virginia

50. New Mexico

51. Virginia

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