Study: States Experiencing the Fastest Unemployment Claims Recovery

Staff Report

Monday, September 13th, 2021

New unemployment claims decreased week-over-week on August 30, and were 95% below the peak during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help add some context to these statistics, WalletHub just released updated rankings for theStates Whose Unemployment Claims Are Recovering the Quickest, along with accompanying videos and audio files

Key Stats:

  • Five states had unemployment claims last week that were lower than before the pandemic: Arkansas, Arizona, South Carolina, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. 

  • Surprisingly, New Mexico had unemployment claims last week that were worse than the same week last year. 

Most Recovered Last Week

Least Recovered Last Week

1. Arkansas

42. Alabama

2. South Carolina

43. Maryland

3. Arizona

44. District of Columbia

4. Idaho

45. Michigan

5. Delaware

46. Indiana

6. Kentucky

47. Ohio

7. Washington

48. Rhode Island

8. New Jersey

49. Virginia

9. Kansas

50. Louisiana

10. New Hampshire

51. New Mexico

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