U.S. Chamber: Variation of Job Losses by State Highlights Need for Thoughtful Return to Work Plan

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Five States with Largest Job Losses: Michigan, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Hawaii

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued new state specific unemployment data for all 50 states following the Labor Department’s release earlier today. The data of unemployment claims from March 14 to April 4 shows how each state has been impacted by the sudden economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus.

“Today’s report of an additional 5.2 million unemployment claims is tragic, and it compels us to redouble our efforts for a measured and medically informed approach to reopening the economy that ensures that these job losses are temporary,” said Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley. “We know that the return to work will be gradual, phased-in, and will vary by factors such as location, sector, and business type. We need an approach that helps employers reopen safely knowing that the length of the bridge to recovery will vary across states and among industries.

“To confront this unprecedented challenge and stem further unemployment, we need an audacious and coordinated public-private response that maps how we can restore public confidence and get people back to work,” Bradley added. “Our primary principle remains clear and firm: No family and no business should go bankrupt because of the financial hardships caused by the coronavirus. We must all be united and focused on this mission.”


State

UI Claims March 14 to April 4

Workforce in February 2020

% Out of Work

Michigan

826,233

4,406,800

18.7%

Rhode Island

 92,998

497,600

18.7%

Pennsylvania

1,075,207

6,036,900

17.8%

Nevada

249,881

1,417,800

17.6%

Hawaii

112,103

  659,800

17.0%

New Hampshire

100,601

 684,100

14.7%

Kentucky

282,532

1,921,500

14.7%

Washington

 498,250

3,482,700

14.3%

Louisiana

 272,714

1,985,800

13.7%

New Jersey

 546,371

4,161,200

13.1%

Massachusetts

476,971

3,649,200

13.1%

Ohio

703,834

5,520,000

12.8%

California

2,221,078

17,540,700

12.7%

Maine

76,773

  617,900

12.4%

Montana

58,173

477,400

12.2%

Alaska

37,331

  317,300

11.8%

Georgia

541,537

4,622,000

11.7%

Minnesota

339,138

  2,926,800

11.6%

Vermont

 35,550

315,600

11.3%

Delaware

49,236

460,900

10.7%

Iowa

163,341

1,560,000

10.5%

Indiana

328,535

3,138,800

10.5%

Idaho

78,462

759,600

10.3%

Alabama

  200,434

2,075,000

9.7%

Wisconsin

 271,978

2,953,800

9.2%

Kansas

 128,954

1,421,900

9.1%

North Carolina

407,183

4,569,000

8.9%

Maryland

 241,658

2,759,100

8.8%

South Carolina

186,967

2,195,500

8.5%

Arizona

 254,560

3,001,700

8.5%

New Mexico

72,955

861,800

8.5%

Missouri

242,011

2,876,700

8.4%

Illinois

504,446

6,022,300

8.4%

New York

805,317

9,723,000

8.3%

Arkansas

100,499

1,269,800

7.9%

Tennessee

 245,465

3,136,800

7.8%

Oklahoma

132,040

1,689,100

7.8%

North Dakota

33,020

 432,000

7.6%

Virginia

308,849

4,060,700

7.6%

Oregon

 144,609

1,938,200

7.5%

Mississippi

84,533

 1,159,300

7.3%

Nebraska

68,274

1,023,300

6.7%

Wyoming

17,109

280,500

6.1%

Texas

762,954

12,968,900

5.9%

Connecticut

95,231

1,677,900

5.7%

Florida

479,145

9,106,500

5.3%

Utah

 82,567

 1,579,700

5.2%

West Virginia

33,418

700,000

4.8%

Colorado

 130,259

2,795,800

4.7%

South Dakota

16,890

434,300

3.9%

District of Columbia

46,873

799,500

5.9%

Source: Department of Labor            

 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping American businesses respond to the coronavirus so they can support their employees, customers, and communities. Our members and the state and local chambers, who are on the front lines of this pandemic, need us now more than ever to help them through this significant disruption. We will continue working every day to help our country’s people, businesses, and economy weather this storm and emerge stronger—just as we have at other challenging times in our nation’s history. Visit uschamber.com/Coronavirus for more information.