Updated: States That Had the Fastest Weekly Unemployment Claims Recovery – WalletHub Study


Despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has now been raging across the U.S. for nearly a year, new unemployment claims decreased week-over-week on January 1, and were 89% below the peak during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help add some context to these statistics, WalletHub just released updated rankings for the States Whose Weekly Unemployment Claims Are Recovering the Quickest, along with accompanying videos and audio files.

To identify which states’ workforces are experiencing the quickest recovery from COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three metrics based on changes in unemployment claims. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A. To see the states most recovered since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Most Recovered Last WeekLeast Recovered Last Week
1. Connecticut42. Illinois
2. Pennsylvania43. California
3. New Jersey44. New Mexico
4. New York45. Mississippi
5. Arkansas46. Tennessee
6. Wyoming47. New Hampshire
7. South Carolina48. Virginia
8. South Dakota49. Louisiana
9. West Virginia50. Colorado
10. District of Columbia51. Kansas


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