The following information is from WalletHub:

Despite the fact that the U.S. has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for over a year, new unemployment claims decreased week-over-week on January 18, and were 88% below the peak during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help add some context to these statistics, WalletHub just released updated rankings for the States Whose Weekly Unemployment Claims Are Recovering the Quickest, along with accompanying videos and audio files.

To identify which states’ workforces are experiencing the quickest recovery from COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three metrics based on changes in unemployment claims. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A. To see the states most recovered since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Change in Maryland Weekly Unemployment Claims (1=Quickest Recovery, 25=Avg.):

  • 648.15% Change in Unemployment Claims (Latest Week vs 2019)
    • 30,517 the week of January 18, 2021 vs 4,079 the week of January 21, 2019
    • 4th slowest recovery in the U.S.
  • 666.37% Change in Unemployment Claims (Latest Week vs Start of 2020)
    • 30,517 the week of January 18, 2021 vs 3,982 the week of January 1, 2020
    • 4th slowest recovery in the U.S.
  • 793.53% Change in Unemployment Claims (Since Start of COVID-19 Crisis vs Previous Year)
    • 1,121,108 between the week of March 16, 2020 and the week of January 18, 2021 vs 141,281 between the week of March 18, 2019 and the week of January 20, 2020
    • 19th slowest recovery in the U.S.

Source: WalletHub

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-unemployment-claims/72730/

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