Unemployment Soars in All 50 US States as Arizona Hits 28%

Yolanda Curtis
May 25, 2020

Meanwhile, unemployment rates in 43 states were the highest in records back to 1976.

Arkansas' unemployment rate jumped to 10.2% in April as employers shed jobs and shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nonfarm jobs decreased by 103,800, or 19.1 percent, compared with April 2019, while the number of private-sector jobs dropped by 98,200, or 21.3 percent. Among the super-sectors, the third biggest percentage employment drop was in the state's manufacturing sector, already struggling before the pandemic, where April employment was down 19 percent-despite the "essential" exemptions granted under Governor Cuomo's New York State on PAUSE orders. The number of USA private-sector jobs dropped by 18,526,000, or 14.5 percent, and nonfarm jobs fell by 19,359,000, or 12.9 percent.

Unemployment rose in all 50 U.S. states in April: Labor Department's BLS

The number of unemployed has risen by 64,000 between March and April 2020. By contrast, seasonally adjusted data are used to provide the most valid month-to-month comparison in the same year. The number of private-sector jobs in NY is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 NY businesses conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The hardest-hit areas in Chautauqua County in April are leisure and hospitality, which lost 2,400 jobs, or 46.2%, followed by education and health services, which lost 800 jobs, of 9.5% of the sector workforce. But many of those who have lost jobs have not been looking for another.

The extent of the damage was documented in the monthly employment report released yesterday (unusually, and inexplicably, after normal business hours) by the state Labor Department. At the same time, government employment statewide has decreased 4%.

Mills says unemployment is measured using data from a survey of households and payrolls. That brings the total number of jobless filings in the region since mid-March to 113,802.

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