Thursday, September 28, 2023 4:12 am

Arizona’s surge in unemployment claims not as bad as other states

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

Arizona has seen a 551 percent increase in unemployment claims versus last year and a 758 percent increase since January.

But other states have seen even more dramatic increases unemployment claims with COVID-19 at least temporarily eliminating more than 40 million jobs, according to new research from financial research firm WalletHub.

Arizona ranks 44th for its surge in unemployment claims since the Coronavirus started. Arizona ranks 23rd for new unemployment claims in the past week.

Florida had the biggest weekly increase and Georgia has had the largest growth in new unemployment claims since COVID-19 started.

Vermont had the lowest increase new weekly jobless claims while Oregon has seen the lowest growth in new claims during the pandemic, according to WalletHub.

The impact on jobs has been dramatic.

For example, Florida has seen a 3,662 percent increase in jobless claims since January. New York has had a 1,470 percent jump in unemployment since last year. Georgia has had a 4,770 percent gain in jobless claims since COVID-19 started to impact the economy in March.

The full report can viewed here.

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