- Unemployment rates varied state-to-state in May as the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 13.3%.
- States with stricter lockdowns tend to have higher unemployment.
- Every state that was open by April has an unemployment rate below the U.S. average.
- The above map shows the May unemployment rate and the date the state’s lockdown was lifted.
- The states with the highest unemployment typically imposed stricter lockdowns.
- Nevada, Hawaii, and Michigan have the highest unemployment rates, each above 20%.
- However, Hawaii and Nevada have economies driven by the tourism industry which has been heavily impacted by COVID-19.