April 16, 2020


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.”

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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 for more information.