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State-by-State Unemployment Insurance Claims (Weekly Update)

In the post of the same name, our analysis shows new jobless claims by state, using data provided by the US Department of Labor. Since mid-March, all states have seen a rapid increase in layoffs and unemployment insurance (UI) claims but some states have seen much larger increases than others. Here, we provide the updated data via a chart that shows the absolute and relative changes week-over-week.

To toggle between count and percentage, please use the drop-down in the upper right of the graph highlighted by red text.

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Conflating Coronavirus Data

It has been reported that coronavirus test results at the CDC and in Pennsylvania, Texas, Georgia, and Vermont conflate the outcomes of antibody tests and viral tests. To illustrate this, imagine a school that needs to measure its first grade students’ ability to read.

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Economic Consequences of Coronavirus: Telework

Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place orders that were instituted throughout the United States to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, business activity has been deeply affected. This can be seen by the most current unemployment claims figures here and here. Businesses that are less dependent on the economy “re-opening” to function can sustain with employees working from home longer and will feel less pressure to open before the curve truly flattens. Certain industries are more prepared for a work-from-home business model because they already had employees working remotely before, or they were able to more easily transition their employees to work from home.

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