Continued Claims per Thousand Covered Employment by State: 2019 vs 2020

Continued Claims are the total number of unemployed receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Note that if a person who is still unemployed after the benefit period expires will not be included in the continued claims numbers. Covered Employment includes all employees covered under the Unemployment Insurance Program.

In summary, the initial claims data show new activity in unemployment from week to week and the continued claims data show the cumulative impact of economic activity on unemployment.

The chart displays the continued claims per thousand of covered employment by state for the most recent week of data available, the previous week and the previous year. Note that the availability of the continued claims data lags the initial claims data by one week.

Unemployment insurance is a joint state-federal program that provides cash benefits to eligible workers. Each state administers a separate unemployment insurance program, but all states follow the same guidelines established by federal law. The amount of unemployment insurance varies from person to person and depends on their former wages as well as the guidelines of each state.  In the past, most states have paid these benefits for up to 26 weeks.  The new coronavirus relief law provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits in addition to providing an extra $600 per week for up to 4 months. 

Data not Seasonally Adjusted

Data Sources: MicroBilt & Publicly available data