New and cumulative Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims by state: PUA claims filed and numbers and shares of workers either receiving PUA benefits or waiting for approval during the week ending June 20

State Most recent week initial claims: 06/20/2020 Most recent continued claims: 06/06/2020 Total initial claims—most recent two weeks Total  receiving PUA or waiting for approval Total receiving PUA or waiting for approval as a share of the labor force
Alabama 3,795 36,739 6,884 43,623 1.9%
Alaska 1,534 16,326 2,698 19,024 5.5%
Arizona 40,775 1,416,134 159,106 1,575,240 43.6%
Arkansas 8,379 134,478 17,336 151,814 11.1%
California 86,130 1,330,215 155,577 1,485,792 7.6%
Colorado 10,385 188,027 28,330 216,357 6.8%
Connecticut 10,624 47,505 12,724 60,229 3.1%
Delaware 904 8,574 1,460 10,034 2.1%
District of Columbia 831 11,978 1,683 13,661 3.3%
Florida 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Hawaii 8,438 145,978 22,477 168,455 25.2%
Idaho 698 54,014 1,046 55,060 6.2%
Illinois 10,820 88,107 19,807 107,914 1.7%
Indiana 17,439 209,080 29,455 238,535 7.0%
Iowa 1,557 16,266 3,277 19,543 1.1%
Kansas 438 65,104 888 65,992 4.4%
Kentucky 0 59,692 3,620 63,312 3.0%
Louisiana 9,774 178,859 23,088 201,947 9.6%
Maine 2,675 23,813 5,543 29,356 4.2%
Maryland 24,017 444,425 85,657 530,082 16.2%
Massachusetts 14,131 470,605 30,023 500,628 13.1%
Michigan 22,519 1,080,267 48,692 1,128,959 22.8%
Minnesota 0 79,406 718 80,124 2.6%
Mississippi 7,441 52,240 15,644 67,884 5.3%
Missouri 3,526 87,467 8,959 96,426 3.1%
Montana 2,549 40,658 5,089 45,747 8.5%
Nebraska 1,220 24,421 2,410 26,831 2.6%
Nevada 29,441 92,845 54,161 147,006 9.4%
New Hampshire 0 0 0 0 0.0%
New Jersey 18,634 369,376 41,822 411,198 9.0%
New Mexico 2,180 45,418 4,447 49,865 5.2%
New York 71,308 927,026 124,599 1,051,625 11.0%
North Carolina 23,799 199,114 48,612 247,726 4.8%
North Dakota 689 7,482 1,292 8,774 2.2%
Ohio 85,599 815,459 143,359 958,818 16.4%
Oklahoma 1,445 0 2,784 2,784 0.2%
Oregon 2,710 0 2,710 2,710 0.1%
Pennsylvania 104,940 1,187,770 188,602 1,376,372 21.0%
Rhode Island 3,083 42,680 5,721 48,401 8.7%
South Carolina 11,896 72,701 25,715 98,416 4.1%
South Dakota 189 4,345 510 4,855 1.0%
Tennessee 5,931 94,465 10,742 105,207 3.1%
Texas 33,533 184,030 66,163 250,193 1.8%
Utah 1,629 10,891 3,336 14,227 0.9%
Vermont 362 8,664 743 9,407 2.8%
Virginia 8,545 218,743 17,648 236,391 5.3%
Washington 7,996 167,283 16,605 183,888 4.6%
West Virginia 0 0 0 0 0.0%
Wisconsin 2,601 15,100 5,328 20,428 0.7%
Wyoming 498 2,945 936 3,881 1.3%

Notes: Initial claims for the week ending June 20 reflect advance state claims, not seasonally adjusted.

Unless otherwise noted, the numbers in this blog post are the ones reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, which they receive from the state agencies that administer UI. While the DOL is asking states to report regular UI claims and PUA claims separately, many states appear to also be including some or all PUA claimants in their reported regular UI claims. As state agencies work to get these new programs up and running, there will likely continue to be some misreporting. Since the number of UI claims is one of the most up-to-date measures we have of labor market weakness and access to benefits, we will still be analyzing it each week as reported by DOL, but ask that you keep these caveats in mind when interpreting the data.

Source: U.S. Employment and Training Administration, Initial Claims [ICSA], retrieved from Department of Labor (DOL), https://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf and https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims.asp, June 25, 2020.

View the underlying data on epi.org.