All 50 US states shed jobs in April: Labor Department - International

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 24, 2020

The Indiana jobless rate was higher than the 14.7 percent national rate.

An exterior view shows The El Cortez Hotel & Casino in the Fremont East Entertainment District closed as a result of the statewide shutdown due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus across the United States on March 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Forty-three states recorded their highest unemployment rate since the government began tracking the data in 1939, CNN reports based on federal numbers released Friday. Meanwhile, manufacturing plants in MI closed, contributing to the hundreds of thousands of jobless claims there.

Indiana's unemployment rate hit 16.9 percent for April with more than five times as many people jobless than before widespread business closures started with the coronavirus outbreak.

Nevada, a gambling mecca highly dependent on the hard-hit tourism and hospitality industries, had the highest rate in the country at 28.2 percent.

MI lost 237,000 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector, 174,000 in manufacturing, and 159,000 in trade, transportation and utilities.

The other side: Other states have fared better. More than 100,000 people have filed new applications for unemployment in IN so far during May.

A number of technology startups migrated to Utah, where the state unemployment rate in April hovered around 9%.

"Nevada is facing record high unemployment and the sheer numbers are hard to comprehend", Gov. Steve Sisolak wrote in a Twitter post Friday.

CT has the lowest unemployment rate in the 7.9%.

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