Monitoring State Unemployment Insurance Claims during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Since March 14, over 44 million Unemployment Insurance initial claims have been filed. Compared with prior economic downturns, this rapid spike in claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. Unemployment Insurance claims for the nation are now much higher than at any point during the Great Recession and the 1990 and 2001 recessions.
We’re tracking each state’s Unemployment Insurance initial claims since mid-March and comparing them to total initial claims in three prior recessions. This tool will be updated every Thursday when the US Department of Labor releases new Unemployment Insurance claims data.