Recent rankings released by WalletHub, a company that offers individuals free credit scores and full credit reports, on Thursday showed that unemployment in North Carolina has increased dramatically because of the coronavirus outbreak.
According to WalletHub, the number of unemployment insurance initial claims for the week of March 30 was 137,573, compared to 3,508 during the first week of 2020, although this number doesn’t account for any new claims over the past 12 days. The 3,821.69% increase was the sixth-largest among any state in the U.S.
Last year at this time, 3,139 North Carolina residents had filed for initial unemployment claims, meaning there has been a 4,282.70 jump over the calendar year. The state with the biggest jump over one year was Georgia, which saw claims jump up 8,262.24% from the week of April 1, 2019 to the week of March 30, 2020. The number of people who applied for unemployment across the country rose by 6.6 million last week, according to the federal labor department. The previous week, around 3.3 million filed for unemployment, bringing the two-week total close to 10 million. The coronavirus outbreak in the United States has reached new heights over the past few weeks. The country now has over 467,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, over 300,000 more than any other nation in the world, according to Johns Hopkins. All total, over 97,000 people have died worldwide due to complications from the coronavirus, including close to 17,000 in the United States and 65 in just New York City alone. In North Carolina, about 4,000 cases have been confirmed and 83 deaths have been reported. As of Friday afternoon, Union County had 96 confirmed cases and reported its first coronavirus-related death Thursday. Nearby Mecklenburg County has the highest number of total confirmed cases in the state at 906 as of Friday afternoon. That number is twice as many as the next-closest county, Wake, which has 391 confirmed cases.