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Everyone was hit hard by the pandemic but have you ever wonder what states were impacted the most? A new study by Filterbuy studied the trends in covid unemployment.

We are over a year past the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns, shutdowns, and mass quarantines.  Even still it continues to cause significant delays and disruptions in both normal life and in business supply chains. Appliances, computer chips, furniture, and industrial parts have been on backorder for months. Prices on everything from lumber to meet are up, and many employees are still working from home—if they’re working at all.

The event industry as well as tourism, dining, and entertainment industries have been hit particularly hard with jobs just now starting to open up. However, now 15 months past the start, it’s evident that not everyone suffered equally. The disparities between those who could work from home and those who couldn’t are showing up in the still-long (virtual) unemployment lines.

The unemployment rate in 2020 tripled, from an overall 3.5% in February to a peak of 14.8%  in April, according to BLS statistics.

States that depend on tourism such as Hawaii and Nevada were hit hard. Hawaii’s unemployment surged 4.6 times what it had been, while Nevada’s went up 3.3 times.

 

Here are the large metropolitan areas with the largest rise in unemployment since COVID-19.

Metro

Rank

Change in unemployment rate (YoY)

Total unemployed workers (2020)

Unemployment rate (2020)

Unemployment rate (2019)

Median annual wage (2020)

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

1

3.6X

165,513

14.7%

4.1%

$37,690

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

2

3.2X

134,464

10.2%

3.2%

$36,580

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

3

3.1X

230,962

8.5%

2.7%

$57,080

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

4

3.0X

201,350

8.1%

2.7%

$61,790

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

5

2.9X

1,013,369

10.4%

3.6%

$52,020

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

6

2.9X

125,593

7.5%

2.6%

$50,170

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

7

2.8X

766,373

11.8%

4.2%

$45,550

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

8

2.8X

141,814

9.2%

3.3%

$48,200

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

9

2.7X

248,404

8.2%

3.0%

$38,690

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

10

2.7X

245,474

11.7%

4.4%

$44,840

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

11

2.7X

74,459

7.1%

2.6%

$69,620

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN

12

2.7X

74,267

6.9%

2.6%

$40,650

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

13

2.6X

177,107

8.1%

3.1%

$58,330

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

14

2.6X

63,804

9.5%

3.6%

$46,000

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

15

2.6X

42,822

7.4%

2.9%

$39,430

United States

2.2X

12,947,000

8.1%

3.7%

$41,950

For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results, you can find the original report on Filterbuy’s website: https://filterbuy.com/resources/states-with-largest-rise-in-unemployment-since-COVID/