Data: Michigan is among states with worst unemployment rate recovery – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Dave Bartkowiak Jr., Digital Managing Editor
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Dave Bartkowiak Jr., Digital Managing Editor
Data shows Michigan ranking among the worst states when it comes to unemployment rate recovery since the pandemic disrupted the workforce.
A collection of data from WalletHub shows which states’ unemployment rates are bouncing back most. WalletHub said it compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on five key metrics that compare unemployment rate statistics from the latest month for which data is available (December 2021) to key dates in 2019 and 2020 — see full methodology below.
Across the nation, the unemployment rate fell last month to a pandemic low 3.9%. When COVID-19 hit, governments ordered lockdowns, consumers stayed at home and many businesses closed or cut back hours. Employers slashed millions of jobs in March and April 2020, and the unemployment rate rocketed to 14.7%.
The state of Michigan’s unemployment rate was 5.6% as of December 2021, well above the national average.
44.21% Change in Unemployment (December 2021 vs December 2019)
44.46% Change in Unemployment (December 2021 vs January 2020)
-33.78% Change in Unemployment (December 2021 vs December 2020)
-19.51% Change in Not Seasonally Adjusted Continued Claims (December 2021 vs December 2019)
5.6% Unemployment Rate (December 2021)
Methodology
In order to determine the states whose unemployment rates are bouncing back most, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two categories. In the first category, we compared the change in unemployment for the latest month for which we had data (December 2021) to December 2019, December 2020 and January 2020, in order to show the impact since 2019 and since the beginning of last year. We also compared not seasonally adjusted continued claims in December 2021 to December 2019. In the second category, we looked at the state’s overall unemployment rate. We then used the average of those categories to rank-order the states.
Change in Unemployment – Total Points: 50
Unemployment Rate – Total Points: 50
Sources: Data used to create this ranking were obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Labor.
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