Claims for state unemployment benefits were mainly concentrated in Hawaii, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Rhode Island, with 73, 63, 62, 54 and 50 claims per 1,000 workers, respectively. Data refer to jobless deposits until the end of last week.
States have experienced the most intense increases in claims by controlling for differences in the size of each state’s workforce.
Washington, Massachusetts, Ohio and Louisiana have also experienced some of the most concentrated bumps in unemployment records, according to unadjusted data from the Labor Department.
Pennsylvania workers filing for unemployment rose from 377,000 in the week ended March 21 to 405,000 in the week ended March 28, an increase of 28,000. Michigan saw its initial claims increase to 311,000 from 128,000 the previous week.
The Labor Department issued a special notice at the top of its publication Thursday morning explaining the impact of the coronavirus on unemployment claim data.
“The COVID-19 virus continues to have an impact on the number of initial claims. Almost all of the states providing comments cited the COVID-19 virus, “said the government.
“States have continued to identify increases related to the service industries as a whole, again led by accommodation and food services. However, comments from states have indicated a wider impact between industries, ”added the Department of Labor. “Many states continued to cite the health care and social assistance and manufacturing industries, while a growing number of states have identified the retail and wholesale and construction industries. “
The total number of unemployment benefit claims for the week ended March 28 of 6.6 million doubled the previous week’s record 3.3 million claims. A flood of American workers continues to file unemployment benefits as the spread of the coronavirus forces state governments to shut down.
The last two counts of the Ministry of Labor broke the peak of the great recession of 665,000 in March 2009 and the historic record of 695,000 in October 1982.
– Jeff Cox of CNBC contributed to the report.
Correction: An earlier version of the bar graph inadvertently deleted some states with the highest rates of initial unemployment claims per 1,000 workers. The graph and copy have been updated to show the 15 states with the highest initial request rates. The total number of unemployment benefit claims for the week ended March 28 of 6.6 million doubled by 3.3 million claims the previous week. An earlier version misrepresented and distorted the numbers.
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