These Are the States With the Most People Out of Work

New data from the Department of Labor reveals awful unemployment numbers in these states in particular.

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There is no question that the coronavirus outbreak has cratered the U.S. economy, but now we know just how bad things have gotten. The U.S. Department of Labor just released new data for the month of April that shows the devastating economic toll COVID-19 has taken on Americans nationwide. The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7 percent in April, with 20.5 million people put out of work—the highest monthly jobless figure since World War II.

But some states have been hit much harder than most. The following state economies have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, based on jobless claims filed since Mar. 14. And for more places where COVID-19 is still a huge concern, check out The 10 Newest Coronavirus Hotspots You Need to Know About.

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Georgia

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Things are tough in Georgia. It's among the states where coronavirus cases are going up, and, according to the Department of Labor, the Peach State has also been hit hardest economically by the coronavirus. Since Mar. 14, there have been nearly 1.6 million jobless claims, which represents 30.7 percent of the state labor force. And for more states with bad news in terms of COVID-19 numbers, check out 19 States Where Coronavirus Cases Are Going Up.

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Hawaii

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According to the Department of Labor, Hawaii has also been hit incredibly hard by the coronavirus. There have been more than 201,000 jobless claims since Mar. 14, which accounts for 30.1 percent of the state labor force.

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Kentucky

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The coronavirus has been a disaster for the economy in the Bluegrass State. The state has seen more than 622,000 jobless claims since Mar. 14, which is 29.9 percent of the state labor force. And as lockdown starts to wind down in many states, here are 9 Mistakes You Shouldn't Make During Reopening.

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Michigan

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According to the Department of Labor, Michigan, home of the U.S. auto industry, has been greatly affected by the coronavirus. Since Mar. 14, there have been more than 1.2 million jobless claims, which is nearly a quarter (24.3 percent) of the state labor force.

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Louisiana

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Louisiana was among the first states forced to deal with an outbreak of the coronavirus and it's been hit hard, from both a health and an economic perspective. There have been nearly 488,000 jobless claims in Louisiana since Mar. 14, which is 23.1 percent of the state labor force.

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Rhode Island

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According to the Department of Labor, Rhode Island's economy has also been hijacked by the coronavirus. Since Mar. 14, there have been nearly 119,000 jobless claims, making up 21.3 percent of the state labor force. And if you need some good news, here are 13 States Where Coronavirus Cases Are Going Down.

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Washington

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Washington state was the first state to deal with an outbreak of the coronavirus and the economy has since taken a big hit, too. There have been roughly 830,000 jobless claims in the state since Mar. 14, which represents 21 percent of the state labor force.

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Alaska

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The coronavirus has been a disaster for the economy in Alaska. Since Mar. 14, there have been over 72,000 jobless claims, which is 20.9 percent of the state labor force.

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Puerto Rico

Even though Puerto Rico is an island—and yes, it's a U.S. territory, not a state—it has not been immune to the effects of the coronavirus. Since Mar. 14, there have been nearly 220,000 jobless claims, which is also 20.9 percent of the state labor force.

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Nevada

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The coronavirus has also seriously hit the economy in Nevada. There have been roughly 323,000 jobless claims since Mar. 14, accounting for 20.7 percent of the state labor force. And for more things you need to know about life after quarantine, check out 5 Grim Realities of Life After Coronavirus You Need to Come to Terms With.

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Pennsylvania

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The coronavirus has also had an awful impact on the economy in Pennsylvania. Since Mar. 14, there have been over 1.3 million jobless claims, accounting for 2o.4 percent of the state labor force.

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