Delaware fares well in ranking of unemployment claims

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Delaware now ranks near the bottom in unemployment claims, according to a report from the WalletHub financial advice site.

It marks a turnaround of sorts for a state that had one of the nation’s higher jobless rates coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The state’s jobless rate now hovers near the national unemployment figure at 4%.

Nationwide, the job market continued to falter, with new unemployment claims increasing by 4.3% week-over-week on March 25. There are currently 6.5 million unemployed Americans.

Delaware was one of 25 states that had fewer unemployment claims than during he same period a year ago.

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The First State’s jobless claims performance stands in contrast to neighboring states, which ranked near the top.

In identifying where unemployment claims are increasing the most, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on changes in unemployment claims for several key benchmark weeks. We also considered the number of claims per 100,000 people in the labor force.

Click here for the full WalletHub report.

States with biggest increases in unemployment claims

StateIncreased Most
Since Last Week 
Claims per 100,000
People in Labor
Force (Rank) 
Iowa16
New Jersey23
New York310
Oregon41
Wisconsin55
Pennsylvania67
Maryland723
California82
Kansas930
Nevada1013
Massachusetts1111
Illinois129
Alaska134
Rhode Island1412
Hawaii158
Minnesota1615
Washington1714
South Dakota1850
North Dakota1940
Arizona2026
Tennessee2133
Colorado2232
Ohio2320
Kentucky2436
Virginia2548
Maine2624
West Virginia2727
Idaho2816
Connecticut2917
Michigan3019
District of Columbia3118
Wyoming3221
New Mexico3335
Florida3447
Alabama3531
Montana3629
Nebraska3745
Texas3825
Utah3938
Oklahoma4044
South Carolina4142
Vermont4237
Mississippi4339
Delaware4451
Indiana4528
North Carolina4646
Louisiana4743
Missouri4822
Georgia4941
Arkansas5034
New Hampshire5149
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