LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Unemployment has been a prevalent issue in the U.S., particularly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are currently six million Americans unemployed due to the pandemic.

Like many other issues, the extent of unemployment varies by state.

A report by WalletHub ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia by how much their unemployment rates have increased or decreased since the start of the pandemic.

Kentucky’s unemployment rate increased the sixth most out of all states (and the District of Columba) since the start of the pandemic. The following locations were the only ones to report a higher increase:

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Ohio
  3. Indiana
  4. Utah
  5. Michigan

Additionally, Kentucky ranked number two for the largest increase in unemployment insurance initial claims since 2019, with only Indiana reporting a higher rate.

In terms of a more recent trend, Kentucky had the fourth-highest rate of insurance claims in the last week. Only the District of Columbia, Illinois, and Indiana reported a higher increase.

Although those are some unfavorable rankings for Kentucky, Wallethub did report a positive finding for the state. Kentucky’s unemployment claims are down 73.93% since the same time period of 2021.