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The Most Jaw-Dropping Increases in Unemployment Claims State by State

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Unemployment Claims by State

Unemployment claims continue to shatter records amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor, released May 7, shows 3.2 million initial claims for the week ending May 2, adjusted to account for seasonal hiring fluctuations. The total figure of adjusted claims filed since mid-March is a staggering 33.5 million. What's more, the number of people who filed for assistance in March and April surpasses all the jobs created since the Great Recession.

To help provide a fuller picture of how unemployment levels have spiked across the nation, Cheapism has compiled a state-by-state look at claims filed for March and April.

Related: Is Your State Doing Enough to Combat the Coronavirus?

Jackson, Mississippi
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Mississippi

Increase from start of March to end of April: 779%
Total claims filed in March: 48,133
Total claims filed in April: 422,943

Tampa
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Florida

Increase from start of March to end of April: 670%
Total claims filed in March: 186,774
Total claims filed in April: 1,437,317

Birmingham, Alabama
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Alabama

Increase from start of March to end of April: 590%
Total claims filed in March: 76,354
Total claims filed in April: 527,033

Nashville, Tennessee
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Tennessee

Increase from start of March to end of April: 515%
Total claims filed in March: 187,364
Total claims filed in April: 1,152,459

Portland, Oregon
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Oregon

Increase from start of March to end of April: 504%
Total claims filed in March: 243,244
Total claims filed in April: 1,469,632

Charleston, SC
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South Carolina

Increase from start of March to end of April: 503%
Total claims filed in March: 132,779
Total claims filed in April: 800,595

Indianapolis
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Indiana

Increase from start of March to end of April: 498%
Total claims filed in March: 152,192
Total claims filed in April: 910,165

Detroit
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Michigan

Increase from start of March to end of April: 498%
Total claims filed in March: 606,876
Total claims filed in April: 3,630,307

Phoenix
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Arizona

Increase from start of March to end of April: 497%
Total claims filed in March: 115,243
Total claims filed in April: 687,968

Richmond, Virginia
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Virginia

Increase from start of March to end of April: 470%
Total claims filed in March: 220,027
Total claims filed in April: 1,253,652

Denver
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Colorado

Increase from start of March to end of April: 469%
Total claims filed in March: 140,019
Total claims filed in April: 796,338

Atlanta
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Georgia

Increase from start of March to end of April: 450%
Total claims filed in March: 517,164
Total claims filed in April: 2,843,112

Raleigh
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North Carolina

Increase from start of March to end of April: 449%
Total claims filed in March: 357,436
Total claims filed in April: 1,963,150

Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Arkansas

Increase from start of March to end of April: 440%
Total claims filed in March: 69,647
Total claims filed in April: 376,173

New Orleans
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Louisiana

Increase from start of March to end of April: 439%
Total claims filed in March: 196,251
Total claims filed in April: 1,057,322

Omaha, Nebraska
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Nebraska

Increase from start of March to end of April: 408%
Total claims filed in March: 53,365
Total claims filed in April: 271,094

Burlington, Vermont
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Vermont

Increase from start of March to end of April: 401%
Total claims filed in March: 46,505
Total claims filed in April: 232,818

Topeka, Kansas
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Kansas

Increase from start of March to end of April: 375%
Total claims filed in March: 89,590
Total claims filed in April: 425,525

Austin, Texas
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Texas

Increase from start of March to end of April: 374%
Total claims filed in March: 775,211
Total claims filed in April: 3,675,488

Los Angeles
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California

Increase from start of March to end of April: 370%
Total claims filed in March: 2,255,265
Total claims filed in April: 10,600,485

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New Hampshire

Increase from start of March to end of April: 360%
Total claims filed in March: 86,513
Total claims filed in April: 397,644

Louisville, Kentucky
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Kentucky

Increase from start of March to end of April: 350%
Total claims filed in March: 199,228
Total claims filed in April: 896,897

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma

Increase from start of March to end of April: 342%
Total claims filed in March: 110,296
Total claims filed in April: 487,332

Charleston, West Virginia
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West Virginia

Increase from start of March to end of April: 339%
Total claims filed in March: 14,166
Total claims filed in April: 438,082

Reno Nevada
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Nevada

Increase from start of March to end of April: 338%
Total claims filed in March: 225,550
Total claims filed in April: 988,665

Rapid City, South Dakota
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South Dakota

Increase from start of March to end of April: 333%
Total claims filed in March: 16,388
Total claims filed in April: 70,991

New York City
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New York

Increase from start of March to end of April: 331%
Total claims filed in March: 1,361,184
Total claims filed in April: 5,866,744

Missouri
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Missouri

Increase from start of March to end of April: 325%
Total claims filed in March: 211,486
Total claims filed in April: 899,050

Baltimore
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Maryland

Increase from start of March to end of April: 322%
Total claims filed in March: 190,101
Total claims filed in April: 801,537

Honolulu, Hawaii
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Hawaii

Increase from start of March to end of April: 309%
Total claims filed in March: 56,800
Total claims filed in April: 278,025

Boise, Idaho
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Idaho

Increase from start of March to end of April: 303%
Total claims filed in March: 65,848
Total claims filed in April: 265,523

Delaware
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Delaware

Increase from start of March to end of April: 302%
Total claims filed in March: 47,315
Total claims filed in April: 190,151

Pittsburgh
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Pennsylvania

Increase from start of March to end of April: 302%
Total claims filed in March: 966,979
Total claims filed in April: 3,884,993

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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New Mexico

Increase from start of March to end of April: 292%
Total claims filed in March: 86,613
Total claims filed in April: 339,196

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Alaska

Increase from start of March to end of April: 288%
Total claims filed in March: 47,483
Total claims filed in April: 184,112

Salt Lake City, Utah
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Utah

Increase from start of March to end of April: 284%
Total claims filed in March: 87,855
Total claims filed in April: 337,032

Seattle
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Washington

Increase from start of March to end of April: 270%
Total claims filed in March: 602,609
Total claims filed in April: 2,227,574

Chicago
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Illinois

Increase from start of March to end of April: 268%
Total claims filed in March: 653,909
Total claims filed in April: 2,404,196

Cleveland
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Ohio

Increase from start of March to end of April: 252%
Total claims filed in March: 797,361
Total claims filed in April: 2,808,696

Hartford, CT
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Connecticut

Increase from start of March to end of April: 251%
Total claims filed in March: 99,841
Total claims filed in April: 1,115,563

New Jersey
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New Jersey

Increase from start of March to end of April: 247%
Total claims filed in March: 650,736
Total claims filed in April: 2,256,941

North Dakota
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North Dakota

Increase from start of March to end of April: 239%
Total claims filed in March: 41,711
Total claims filed in April: 141,301

Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, South Carolina
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Maine

Increase from start of March to end of April: 235%
Total claims filed in March: 60,974
Total claims filed in April: 266,659

Washington, D.C.
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District of Columbia

Increase from start of March to end of April: 225%
Total claims filed in March: 59,494
Total claims filed in April: 193,558

Billings, Montana
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Montana

Increase from start of March to end of April: 224%
Total claims filed in March: 77,204
Total claims filed in April: 250,366

Des Moines, Iowa
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Iowa

Increase from start of March to end of April: 221%
Total claims filed in March: 197,047
Total claims filed in April: 633,013

Rhode Island
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Rhode Island

Increase from start of March to end of April: 214%
Total claims filed in March: 110,880
Total claims filed in April: 348,464

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin

Increase from start of March to end of April: 204%
Total claims filed in March: 395,393
Total claims filed in April: 1,201,853

Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Wyoming

Increase from start of March to end of April: 197%
Total claims filed in March: 21,907
Total claims filed in April: 65,026

Boston
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Massachusetts

Increase from start of March to end of April: 195%
Total claims filed in March: 646,567
Total claims filed in April: 1,907,929

Minneapolis
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Minnesota

Increase from start of March to end of April: 188%
Total claims filed in March: 556,822
Total claims filed in April: 1,605,569