In the week leading up to March 21, there were around 684,000 new jobless claims nationwide, according to WalletHub. This is a significant decrease from April 2020, when 6.6 million initial applications were made in just one week.

However, some states are recovering faster than others. WalletHub found which states have seen the greatest decline in unemployment claims since the height of the Covid-19 pandemic last year. The data compares the number of initial unemployment claims in the week of March 15, 2021 with those in the week of March 16, 2020.

WalletHub then calculated the percentage change in entitlements and ranked each state from highest to lowest.

Here are the five states where jobless claims have rallied the most since the pandemic began.

5. Minnesota

  • Change in the number of unemployment claims in the week of March 15 compared to the same week in 2019: 145.85% more
  • Change in the number of unemployment claims in the week of March 15 compared to the same week in 2020: 11.68% increase

4. Maine

  • Change in the number of unemployment claims in the week of March 15 compared to the same week in 2019: 161.85% more
  • Change in the number of unemployment claims in the week of March 15 compared to the same week in 2020: 11.67% decrease

3. North Carolina

  • Change in the number of unemployment claims in the week of March 15 compared to the same week in 2019: 76.92% more
  • Change in the number of unemployment claims in the week of March 15 compared to the same week in 2020: 58.96% decrease

2. Pennsylvania

  • Change in the number of unemployment claims in the week of March 15 compared to the same week in 2019: 61.65% more
  • Change in the number of unemployment claims in the week of March 15 compared to the same week in 2020: 29.55% decrease

1. New Hampshire