More than 80,000 Alabamians applied for unemployment insurance recently. That represents a boost of more than 2,100 percent considering that the start of this year, and numerous Alabama counties have actually seen even bigger spikes. And Alabama isn’t alone. Individuals from all over the nation have actually lost their tasks considering that the start of the virus, as the U.S. as an entire saw a spike of more than 3,000 percent from pre-pandemic levels. 10 million people have applied for joblessness nationwide in simply the last two weeks. According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor and put together by the Associated Press, 41 states and the District of Colombia saw joblessness
claims increase by more than 1,000 percent from the very first week of 2020 to recently. Eighteen of those, including Alabama, saw a dive of more than 2,000 percent. Lots of Southern states have been struck particularly hard. Five states saw claims increase by more than 3,000 percent. 4 of them remained in the South. Louisiana had the highest percentage boost in the country from the week ending Jan. 11 to last week. Nearly 100,000 people there applied for unemployment insurance coverage last week, a dive of 3,781 percent from the start of this year. New Hampshire was second, with an increase simply over 3,700 percent. North Carolina, Florida and Virginia each likewise saw increases of over 3,000 percent, the just other states to see so big a boost. Alabama ranked 16th highest, with an increase of 2,110 percent. Its more than 80,000 new candidates recently ranked 24th in the nation, however managing for state population helps put that number into context. Alabama saw more than 164 jobless claims recently for every single 10,000 individuals living here. That number ranks 30th greatest in the country. Alabama’s annual low in claims came in the last week of February, when simply 1,575 individuals submitted claims. Its mark recently is a 4,722 percent boost over that figure. The boost in unemployment claims isn’t consistent across Alabama. According to information from the Alabama Department of Labor, some counties have actually seen increases of more than 10,000 percent in just three weeks. Some of these big portion increases stem from fairly little overall populations, and extremely small numbers of unemployment insurance claims. For the week ending
March 14, the greatest number of claims in any Alabama county was simply 252 in Jefferson -the most populous county in the state. Jefferson County now has more validated COVID-19 cases than that. Last week, more than 13,000 people submitted claims in Jefferson County alone.
A lot of counties had very low claims numbers a few weeks back. Bullock County, in south-central Alabama, didn’t have any claims. Twenty-eight of the state’s 67 counties had fewer than 10 claims for the week ending March 14. Recently, Choctaw County, along the Mississippi border, had the least claims with 57. The average Alabama county three weeks ago saw simply 25 claims. Recently it was 1170. That’s a boost of more than 4,600 percent.
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how the number of unemployment insurance claims have actually altered in Alabama and other states through the years. Track the coronavirus in Alabama with AL.com’s COVID-19 Dashboard.