Silver State Scores Low In Study Of States Hurt By CV-19

Though Survey Says 7 States Have It Worse

Mitch Kelly
April 10, 2020 - 7:20 am
People wait in line for a job fair at a United Parcel Service (UPS) facility on November 01, 2019 in New York City.

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - It's hard to drive any distance without seeing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic around southern Nevada, with shuttered shops, boarded up restauruants and every casino closed down.

More than 240,000 Nevadans have filed for unemployment benefits in the last few weeks. Astonishingly, a new study from the financial website WalletHub says that several states have it worse than Nevada when it comes to job loss.

7 states, to be exact. 

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key metrics, comparing initial unemployment claim increases for the week of March 30, 2020 to both the same week in 2019 and the first week of 2020. WalletHub determined that Nevada was the state with the 8th biggest increase in unemployment since the pandemic began shutting things down.

The state with the biggest increase in unemployment is a state that, like Nevada, derives uch of its revenue from tourism- Louisiana. 

Between Lousiana and 8th place Nevada are New Hampshire, Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, Michigan and North Carolina.

No state fares well in the survey, of course, as layoffs and furloughs have affected every region of the counrty. That states that fared the best, relatively speaking, were West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Oregon and Connecticut.

For a look at the full study, click here.