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Americans filed more than 2.4 million unemployment claims last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, driving total jobless claims over the past 9 weeks to more than 38 million amid the coronavirus pandemic and corresponding economic fallout.
No state has been spared. All 50 states state have seen at least about 10 percent of their workforce file unemployment claims since the start of March (note: DOL reporting on state unemployment data lags one week behind the national data). In more than half of states, more than one in five workers have now filed a claim.
Nine states have now eclipsed 30 percent, and Georgia is the first state to see 40 percent of its workforce file jobless claims.
Use the interactive map below to see just how quickly unemployment claims have risen in each state over the past 9 weeks. Again, please note that state data lags national data by one week, so the so the 2.4 million claims reported on May 21 are not yet included in these state numbers.
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We will update this map every Thursday with the latest data from the Department of Labor.
No family and no business should go bankrupt as a result of the coronavirus. The U.S. Chamber is marshaling its full resources to help companies continue to operate and keep paychecks flowing to American workers and families, while mobilizing the business community to combat the pandemic.