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Kentucky ranks 5th for unemployment increases

With the coronavirus pandemic costing roughly 33.5 million Americans their jobs so far and a growing number of states beginning to reopen some businesses in an attempt to help, WalletHub Thursday released updated rankings for the States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to the Coronavirus, along with accompanying videos, as a follow-up to our report on the Cities with the Biggest Growth in Unemployment Due to COVID-19.

To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt most by COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on increases in unemployment claims. We used this data to rank the most impacted states in both the latest week for which we have data (April 27) and overall since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis (March 16). Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A. To see the states most impacted since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Most Affected States Last Week Least Affected States Last Week
1. Florida 42. Vermont
2. Louisiana 43. Iowa
3. Georgia 44. Illinois
4. Oklahoma 45. Arkansas
5. Kentucky 46. Wisconsin
6. North Carolina 47. Pennsylvania
7. New Mexico 48. New York
8. New Hampshire 49. Idaho
9. Virginia 50. Wyoming
10. Mississippi 51. Montana

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