States Experiencing the Fastest Recovery for Unemployment Claims – WalletHub Study

Staff Report

Friday, November 5th, 2021

New unemployment claims decreased week-over-week on October 25, and were 96% below the peak during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help add some context to these statistics, WalletHub just released updated rankings for theStates Whose Unemployment Claims Are Recovering the Quickest, along with accompanying videos and audio files

Key Stats:

  • 23 states had unemployment claims last week that were lower than before the pandemic: Arkansas, Virginia, North Dakota, West Virginia, South Carolina, Delaware, Montana, Vermont, Colorado, Arizona, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Washington, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Ohio, Maryland, and New Jersey. 

  • Surprisingly, Oregon and D.C. had unemployment claims last week that were worse than the same week last year.  

Most Recovered Last Week Least Recovered Last Week
1. Virginia 42. Hawaii
2. Arkansas 42. Louisiana
3. North Dakota 44. Oregon
4. Delaware 45. Alabama
5. Georgia 46. California
6. South Carolina 47. Michigan
7. Kansas 48. Tennessee
8. South Dakota 49. New Mexico
9. West Virginia 50. Kentucky
10. Pennsylvania 51. District of Columbia

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