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Ky. ranked 5th among states hit most by unemployment claims

With 2.1 million more unemployment claims filed this week despite all U.S. states starting to reopen, WalletHub released Thursday updated rankings for the States Hit Most by Unemployment Claims, along with accompanying videos.

To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt the most by COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on increases in unemployment claims during the latest week for which we have data (May 18) and overall since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis (March 16). We used this data to rank the most impacted states for both periods. 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. Missouri
2. Georgia 43. Arkansas
3. Virginia 44. Utah
4. Mississippi 45. West Virginia
5. Kentucky 46. Connecticut
6. Oklahoma 47. Montana
7. New Hampshire 48. Idaho
8. North Carolina 49. New Jersey
9. Louisiana 50. Rhode Island
10. District of Columbia 51. Vermont

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