Unemployment Claims by State

For the week ending on March 21, seasonally adjusted initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims soared to 3,283,000.  While seasonally adjusted state-by-state numbers on initial claims are not reported in the weekly news release, the claims that have not been adjusted for seasonality are reported. These unadjusted initial UI claims are depicted in the map below.

Pennsylvania had the highest number of unadjusted initial claims at 378,908 or 13.1% of the total 2,898,450 unadjusted claims. Ohio was second with 187,784, California was third with 186,809, Texas was fourth with 155,657 and New Jersey was fifth with 155,454 initial claims. Each of these states accounted for over 5% of the total claims. (Click on any state to see the number of initial claims, the share of total claims and the percent increase in claims.)

For the country, the unadjusted claim numbers for the week ending March 21 were 11.5 times the initial claims of the previous week! Stay tuned, we’ll have new numbers on US and the states’ initial UI claims on Thursday, April 2.

Posted: April 01, 2020 by Dennis W. Jansen, Carlos I. Navarro, Andrew J. Rettenmaier