The record-breaking spike in U.S. jobless claims data released Thursday varied in its impact on American workers depending on the state as governors across the country instituted different combinations of restrictions and closures to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
But the claims for state unemployment benefits were most concentrated in Rhode Island, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington state with 63.6, 59.8, 57.9, 38.6, 34.2 and 33.7 claims per 1,000 workers, respectively. The data is for jobless filings through the end of last week.
In other words, those were the states that saw the most intense surges in claims when controlling for differences in the size of each state’s labor force.
Alaska, Illinois, Nebraska and Hawaii also saw some of the most