NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina has the 10th biggest increase in unemployment claims as a result of the coronavirus, according to WalletHub, a personal finance website.

There has been an increase of 1,257.77% in unemployment claims, according to the website. Ending the week of May 13, 2019, there were 3,386 unemployment claims versus the week ending May 11, 2020 — there were 45,974.

Since March 16, there has been an increase of 3,490.17% in unemployment claims in North Carolina, according to the report.

When asked how states can minimize the rise of employment rates during a pandemic, Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub analyst, said in a press release: “States should aggressively focus on keeping residents safe from coronavirus while enabling economic activity, which requires moving out of the phase of simply issuing guidelines on people’s behavior and instead passing laws,”

She continued: “When states reopen businesses, they should simultaneously issue strict rules such as mandatory mask wearing in public and limits on the number of people in a store. If COVID-19 restrictions are recommendations rather than laws, that allows people to disregard the safety of others for their own comfort and risk spreading the disease.”