With over 44 million Americans losing their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and new unemployment claims this week higher than in the same week last year, WalletHub released updated rankings for the States Hit Most by Unemployment Claims.

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 (June 1) and overall since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis (March 16). They 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

1. Oklahoma

2. Florida

3. Georgia

4. Mississippi

5. Kentucky

6. New Hampshire

7. Maryland

8. Louisiana

9. Virginia

10. North Carolina


Least Affected States Last Week

42. Missouri

43. Arkansas

44. Wyoming

45. Rhode Island

46. Iowa

47. South Dakota

48. Montana

49. Idaho

50. Pennsylvania

51. New Jersey

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