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43 states have record unemployment. See where your state ranks

Kevin Hassett, a senior White House economic adviser, says the unemployment rate may hit 23% this month and could be higher in June.

Posted: May 23, 2020 1:01 PM
Updated: May 23, 2020 1:01 PM

Unemployment rates in 43 states set record highs last month as the coronavirus pandemic forced nonessential businesses to close across the nation, according to federal data released Friday.

Rates rose in every state and the District of Columbia, compared to March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Similarly, the national unemployment rate soared to 14.7% last month, compared to 4.4% in March and a near 50-year low of 3.5% in February, before the outbreak hit the United States.

Nevada, which was slammed by the shuttering of its extensive casino and tourism industries, had the nation's highest unemployment rate. It skyrocketed to 28.2% last month, up from 6.9% in March and 3.6% in February.

"Nevada is facing record high unemployment and the sheet numbers are difficult to comprehend," said Gov. Steve Sisolak, who allowed certain businesses to reopen earlier this month but kept casinos closed for now.

Michigan and Hawaii had the next highest unemployment rates, at 22.7% and 22.3%, respectively.

Data collection problems

The state report, however, was marred by data collection and misclassification issues that affected all states to some degree, the agency said. The response rate was lower than usual because the Census Bureau did not conduct in-person interviews in April, and two call centers were closed because of the pandemic.

Also, a Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis suggests that several million of the 11.5 million people listed as employed, but not at work, should have been considered "unemployed on temporary layoff," which would have increased the national unemployment rate and those for the states.

The problem prompted Connecticut, which was listed as having the lowest unemployment rate at 7.9%, to include a prominent note in its press release that said the federal data must be considered "inaccurate" and "severely underestimated." Instead, the state estimates its true unemployment rate to be around 17.5%.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 50300

Reported Deaths: 2748
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11920692
Lake5432248
Elkhart347058
Allen2902133
St. Joseph205169
Hamilton1665101
Cass16449
Hendricks1446100
Johnson1325118
Porter80238
Tippecanoe7599
Clark68144
Vanderburgh6816
Madison67264
LaPorte60527
Howard59458
Bartholomew59345
Kosciusko5704
Marshall5308
Noble50128
LaGrange4829
Jackson4783
Boone47444
Delaware46952
Hancock46036
Shelby43525
Floyd40444
Morgan33631
Monroe32928
Grant30926
Dubois2976
Henry29717
Montgomery29720
Clinton2893
White26810
Decatur25532
Dearborn25423
Lawrence25225
Vigo2478
Warrick24329
Harrison21722
Greene19332
Miami1922
Jennings17912
Putnam1728
DeKalb1674
Scott1639
Wayne1536
Daviess15017
Perry1459
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1332
Franklin1278
Ripley1277
Wabash1152
Carroll1132
Gibson1132
Fayette1057
Whitley1045
Newton10010
Starke983
Huntington932
Randolph794
Wells791
Jefferson782
Fulton731
Jay680
Washington681
Knox670
Clay665
Pulaski661
Rush613
Posey550
Owen521
Benton510
Spencer501
Adams491
Sullivan471
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Tipton321
Switzerland300
Martin240
Parke230
Ohio220
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union130
Pike110
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 62856

Reported Deaths: 3032
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin11433443
Cuyahoga8786393
Hamilton6563207
Lucas2889305
Marion274039
Montgomery237835
Summit2299209
Pickaway221641
Mahoning1907239
Butler176747
Columbiana135060
Stark1196114
Lorain109769
Trumbull103277
Warren94525
Clark79310
Delaware67515
Fairfield64317
Tuscarawas60110
Lake57022
Belmont56722
Medina56632
Licking56012
Miami50331
Portage48759
Wood47451
Clermont4537
Ashtabula44544
Geauga42543
Wayne37253
Richland3635
Allen34841
Greene3229
Mercer29510
Erie26722
Holmes2575
Darke25326
Huron2382
Madison2139
Ottawa16624
Sandusky15715
Washington14420
Coshocton1413
Ross1393
Crawford1385
Putnam13415
Hardin12312
Morrow1211
Athens1111
Auglaize1094
Jefferson1052
Muskingum961
Union931
Monroe8917
Hancock851
Lawrence820
Preble821
Hocking809
Clinton791
Guernsey793
Shelby744
Williams742
Logan681
Fulton660
Scioto650
Carroll643
Ashland632
Wyandot625
Brown601
Fayette550
Defiance533
Knox531
Champaign511
Highland491
Van Wert451
Perry411
Seneca402
Henry330
Paulding280
Jackson270
Pike270
Adams251
Vinton232
Gallia201
Noble130
Harrison121
Meigs120
Morgan120
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