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47,000+ Kentuckians filed unemployment claims last week, one of the biggest increases in the country

Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet Releases April 2019 Unemployment Report
Posted at 10:10 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 10:17:55-04

47,036 Kentuckians filed unemployment claims last week, according to numbers released Thursday morning by the U.S. Department of Labor. It's a drop from the previous week where more than 69,000 people filed for unemployment.

This comes as a new study finds Kentucky is one of the most affected states when it comes to an increase in unemployment claims. The study, released by WalletHub, says Kentucky is the 8th most-affected state last week when it comes to an increase in unemployment claims due to COVID-19.

The Bluegrass State is the 3rd most-affected state since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study also found there has been a 1,970.25% increase in unemployment claims in May 2020 compared to May 2019, the 5th highest increase in the U.S.

Across the country, nearly 39 million Americans have found themselves out of work since mid-March.

Click here to read the full report.