41 states are seeing a drop in unemployment. How does your state stack up?

by Nicole Brooklynn

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The number of Americans dropping off unemployment rolls is now outpacing new benefit claims. Since peaking at 24.9 million the week of May 9, the number of Americans receiving unemployment insurance—known as continuing claims—has fallen 3.4 million to 21.5 million as of May 23.

A drop in the number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits is another sign that employers are bringing workers back, and the economy is growing again.

Just as states ease their lockdowns at difference paces, recoveries are also happening at varying rates. Florida, which reopened much of its economy on May 4, leads the nation with a 1.5 million drop in the number of residents on its unemployment rolls. And it should drop further when Disney World partially reopens on July 11.

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