Like several states, California is struggling to recover from new unemployment claims, with recent claims higher than at the start of 2020, according to WalletHub’s updated rankings for the States Whose Unemployment Claims Are Recovering the Quickest, along with accompanying videos and audio files.

Key Stats:

  • Weekly unemployment claims in California increased by 64.95% compared to the same week in 2019. This was the 9th smallest increase in the U.S.
  • Weekly unemployment claims in California increased by 97.21% compared to the start of 2020. This was the 24th biggest increase in the U.S.
  • Weekly unemployment claims in California decreased by 86.29% compared to the same week last year. This was the 24th biggest decrease in the U.S.

When asked since the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all Americans. How should we expect that to impact unemployment?

“Since the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all Americans, we should expect to see a significant decline in unemployment shortly. There are two major reasons that unemployment will decline. The first is that the country will soon be able to proceed to a full reopening, and the second is that there will be more consumer confidence, both of which will cause a surge in business revenue,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “As businesses make more money and serve more customers, they will increase their hiring. One thing that could slow the unemployment recovery is people who do not want to return to the workforce, either due to safety concerns or because they make a similar amount of money through unemployment insurance.”

Does she expect companies to require getting the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition for employment?

“Some companies will likely require getting the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition for employment, with obvious exemptions for people who are medically unable to receive it,” Gonzalez said. “Companies should be able to have a COVID-19 vaccine requirement because they need to do everything in their power to keep their workers and customers safe. Also, the more companies that require employees to get a vaccine, the faster we will be able to achieve a full reopening.”

And how might a state’s efficiency at administering the COVID-19 vaccine affect unemployment?

“States that can more efficiently vaccinate their residents will likely see better job growth than less efficient states. The more a state vaccinates, the safer conditions in that state will become and the sooner businesses will be able to fully reopen and have the resources to expand hiring,” Gonzalez said. “Currently, some places are far more efficient than others. For example, New Hampshire has used 96% of its vaccine supply, while Alabama has only used 62%.”

If you’re curious how do red states and blue states compare when it comes to recovery, she said, “With an average rank of 24 among the most recovered states, blue states had a better recovery from unemployment claims last week than red states, which rank 29 on average?

“The lower the number of the ranking, the bigger the state’s recovery was.”

But how has unemployment in California recovered?

“California’s unemployment claims have experienced the 13th quickest recovery in the U.S. For the week of April 12, California had 72,415 new unemployment claims, a 93% decrease from the peak during the coronavirus pandemic,” Gonzalez said.

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Source: WalletHub