Updated: States That Had the Quickest Recovery of Unemployment Claims – WalletHub Study


Due to the progress we’ve made toward vaccination and reopening, new unemployment claims decreased week-over-week on March 1, and were 90% 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.

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 WeekLeast Recovered Last Week
1. New Jersey42. Rhode Island
2. South Dakota43. Alabama
3. Oregon44. Nevada
4. Pennsylvania45. New Mexico
5. Arizona46. Illinois
6. Kansas47. Colorado
7. Montana48. West Virginia
8. Connecticut49. Mississippi
9. Michigan50. Virginia
10. North Dakota51. Ohio


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