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(The Center Square) – Virginia ranks near the bottom in a new WalletHub report that examined which workforces are experiencing the quickest recovery from COVID-19 in the 50 states and District of Columbia.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, made the comparison across three metrics: change in number of initial unemployment claims in latest week versus last year, change in number of initial unemployment claims in latest week versus the start of 2020, and change in number of initial unemployment claims since the start of the COVID-19 crisis versus last year.

Virginia ranked 46th in recovered most since the start of the pandemic and 44th in recovered most in the latest week, which ended June 8.

Initial unemployment claims in Virginia were up 2,746.36 percent when comparing the period of March 16 to June 8, 2020, with the period of March 18 to June 10, 2019, the sixth-highest percent increase in the U.S.

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