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The US states where the most jobs have been destroyed by the coronavirus crisis, in one map

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The coronavirus outbreak has led to a shutdown of large swaths of the US economy as cities and states across the country adopt stay-at-home orders, ban social gatherings, and shutter businesses.

The economic impact of the outbreak is already being felt in labor markets as the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits has shattered historical records and strained the resources of state offices.

Those record-high numbers coincided with states and cities across the US adopting various social-distancing measures, closing nonessential businesses, and directing Americans to stay at home in most circumstances. While these measures are likely needed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the sudden pause in much of the country's economic activity has led to mass furloughs and layoffs.

Every Thursday, the Labor Department releases the number of Americans who have filed for unemployment benefits in the previous week. Over the past five weeks, those numbers have been dire — a cumulative total of about 26 million Americans filed for benefits over that period.

The weekly release includes the state-by-state breakdown of those initial unemployment claims. This map shows the cumulative number of claims for each state over the past five releases, covering the period from March 15 through April 18.

We also included the total number as a percent share of the state's March workforce, the most recent figures available, to give a sense of how much the coronavirus has affected large and small states alike.

The numbers are striking. Over 3 million Californians have filed for unemployment since the middle of March. In six other states — New York, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — the five-week cumulative total stands over 1 million:

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