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Counties in every state with the highest unemployment rate

  • Counties in every state with the highest unemployment rate

    The U.S. economy has taken a massive hit in the wake of extensive shutdowns and stay-at-home orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and just-released jobs data shows the repercussions at the local level.

    Nationally, unemployment reached a 50-year low of 3.5% in February 2020, with just 1.7 million Americans collecting unemployment benefits. But by April, unemployment ballooned to 14.7%, according to data released May 14 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To put those numbers in perspective, the unemployment rate during the Great Depression peaked in 1933 at 24.9%, while unemployment following the 2008 recession peaked at 10% with 15.3 million people jobless. Since COVID-19 began its spread, the highest one-week rate of layoffs came toward the end of March with 6.9 million, hitting virtually all sectors. 

    To help understand the unemployment landscape in each state, Stacker used the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify the five counties with the highest unemployment rates in all 50 states. This county-level data was released on April 29, 2020. The data represents the average unemployment rate in March 2020 without seasonal adjustments, with the absolute percent change from March 2019 included as a basis for comparison. While this is the most recent data available, county-level rates may lag real employment figures as new workers filed for unemployment on a weekly basis.

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  • Alabama

    Counties with the highest unemployment:
    - #1. Wilcox County: 9.6% (+1.9% change since March 2019)
    - #2. Clarke County: 6.7% (+0.5%)
    - #3. Greene County: 6.2% (+0.2%)
    - #4. Dallas County: 5.8% (0.0%)
    - #5. Lowndes County: 5.7% (+0.3%)

  • Alaska

    Counties with the highest unemployment:
    - #1. Kusilvak Census Area: 17.4% (-3.3% change since March 2019)
    - #2. Skagway Municipality: 17.2% (-1.7%)
    - #3. Denali Borough: 16.9% (-1.5%)
    - #4. Hoonah-Angoon Census Area: 14.7% (-2.7%)
    - #5. Haines Borough: 14.5% (-2.2%)

  • Arizona

    Counties with the highest unemployment:
    - #1. Yuma County: 14.8% (+2.3% change since March 2019)
    - #2. Apache County: 12.2% (+2.2%)
    - #3. Santa Cruz County: 9.2% (+1.3%)
    - #4. Navajo County: 9.1% (+1.5%)
    - #5. Coconino County: 7.1% (+1.0%)

  • Arkansas

    Counties with the highest unemployment:
    - #1. Chicot County: 10% (+2.5% change since March 2019)
    - #2. Ashley County: 8.5% (+2.3%)
    - #3. Jackson County: 8.1% (+2.2%)
    - #4. Phillips County: 7.9% (+2.2%)
    - #5. Izard County: 7.9% (+2.3%)

  • California

    Counties with the highest unemployment:
    - #1. Colusa County: 22.4% (+2.3% change since March 2019)
    - #2. Imperial County: 20.5% (+3.9%)
    - #3. Tulare County: 14.5% (+2.3%)
    - #4. Plumas County: 13.2% (+1.5%)
    - #5. Merced County: 12.9% (+2.5%)

  • Colorado

    Counties with the highest unemployment:
    - #1. Huerfano County: 12.1% (+4.4% change since March 2019)
    - #2. Montezuma County: 9% (+3.1%)
    - #3. Rio Grande County: 8.6% (+3.3%)
    - #4. Fremont County: 8.1% (+3.1%)
    - #5. Saguache County: 8.1% (+3.1%)

  • Connecticut

    Counties with the highest unemployment:
    - #1. Windham County: 4.3% (-0.2% change since March 2019)
    - #2. New Haven County: 4.1% (-0.1%)
    - #3. Hartford County: 3.9% (-0.2%)
    - #4. Fairfield County: 3.9% (-0.2%)
    - #5. New London County: 3.9% (0.0%)

  • Delaware

    Counties with the highest unemployment:
    - #1. Kent County: 5.5% (+1.3% change since March 2019)
    - #2. Sussex County: 5.4% (+1.5%)
    - #3. New Castle County: 4.7% (+1.3%)

  • Florida

    Counties with the highest unemployment:
    - #1. Hendry County: 6.7% (+1.2% change since March 2019)
    - #2. Citrus County: 6.6% (+1.7%)
    - #3. Sumter County: 6.3% (+1.4%)
    - #4. Highlands County: 6.1% (+1.3%)
    - #5. Putnam County: 6% (+1.4%)

  • Georgia

    Counties with the highest unemployment:
    - #1. Telfair County: 10.8% (+4.5% change since March 2019)
    - #2. Wheeler County: 9% (+3.2%)
    - #3. Clay County: 7.7% (+2.1%)
    - #4. Ben Hill County: 7.4% (+2.0%)
    - #5. Hancock County: 7.3% (+1.9%)

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