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North Carolina has the 5th Biggest Increase in Unemployment Due to Coronavirus 

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The U.S. unemployment rate is still on an upward trend, with roughly 30.3 million Americans now having lost their jobs since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that some states have already begun to selectively reopen businesses. WalletHub released updated rankings for the States with the Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to the Coronavirus 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. WalletHub used this data to rank the most impacted states in both the latest week for which we have data (April 20) 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.

Increase in North Carolina Unemployment Due to Coronavirus:

  • **3,330.91% Increase in Unemployment Claims (April 2020 vs April 2019)
    - 97,232 the week of April 20, 2020, vs 2,834 the week of April 22, 2019
    [6th highest increase in the U.S.]

  • **2,671.72% Increase in the Number of Unemployment Claims (April 2020 vs January 2020)
    - 97,232 the week of April 20, 2020, vs 3,508 the week of January 1,   2020
    [4th highest increase in the U.S.]


  • **4,332.19% Increase in Unemployment Claims Since Pandemic Started
    - 747,303 between the week of March 16, 2020, and the week of April 20, 2020, vs 17,250 between the week of March 18, 2019, and the week of April 22, 2019
    [6th highest increase in the U.S.]


To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-biggest-increase-in-unemployment-due-to-coronavirus/72730/

WalletHub Q&A

In which industries can we expect the unemployment rate to decline first once the COVID-19 pandemic ends?

“We can expect the unemployment rate to decline first in essential industries that were least affected by the coronavirus pandemic, such as transportation and utilities, which only experienced an unemployment rate increase of 1.4% since the beginning of the crisis,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Businesses in sectors with a much less consistent cash flow during the crisis, such as travel, tourism, and recreation, will take a lot longer for their unemployment rates to go down.”

How do red states and blue states compare when it comes to increases in unemployment?

“With an average rank of 23 among the most affected states, red states suffered a higher increase in unemployment during the coronavirus outbreak than blue states, which rank 31 on average,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “The lower the number, the higher the increase in initial unemployment claims that the state received during the coronavirus pandemic.”

The state with the current largest number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is New York. How has New York’s unemployment rate been affected?

“New York has seen a 388% increase in initial unemployment claims from the beginning of 2020 to the week of April 20,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “This is better than the average increase of 1,253%.”

What can states do in order to minimize the rise in their unemployment rates?

“States should aggressively focus on helping the companies in the most need. The federal response will include sending checks to most citizens, even those whose income has not been affected by the coronavirus. States can use a more targeted approach to divert resources to the companies affected the most, thus having a maximum impact for the money spent,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst.
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