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


With all Americans now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the country continuing to reopen, new unemployment claims decreased week-over-week on April 12, and were 91% 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: New Jersey and Connecticut.
Most Recovered Last WeekLeast Recovered Last Week
1. New Jersey42. Indiana
2. Connecticut43. Alaska
3. South Dakota44. Virginia
4. Kansas45. Tennessee
5. Arizona46. North Dakota
6. Pennsylvania47. New Mexico
7. Massachusetts48. Oklahoma
8. Illinois49. District of Columbia
9. Arkansas50. Utah
10. South Carolina51. Delaware


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