By Adam McCann |WalletHub
The coronavirus pandemic has deeply disrupted the U.S. economy, which in turn has hurt the incomes of many Americans. Businesses have been forced to lay off workers as they struggle to survive, and even though the job market has begun to improve, the unemployment rate still sits at 11%. In addition, while all state economies are now at least partially reopened, some states have paused further reopening due to spikes in COVID-19. It will take a long time to reverse the economic damage done by coronavirus, and consequently many Americans need to borrow money to stay afloat.
Americans who are having trouble with their finances during the COVID-19 pandemic are searching for all sorts of options to relieve the pressure, from home equity loans to payday loans. However, people’s interest in getting these types of loans varies from state to state. In order to determine the states where people are searching for loans the most during the pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across four key metrics. These metrics combine internal credit report data with data on Google search increases for three loan-related terms.Greater interest in getting a loan indicates that more people in the state are struggling to make ends meet. It also implies there may be more strain on the state’s public assistance programs in the near future, and the state may experience a deeper recession than others will.
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