LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The United States recorded record high levels of unemployment during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, unemployment recovery continues, but the lingering threat of recession paired with high inflation rates could cause unemployment claims to spike again, according to a WalletHub study.

Currently, unemployment claims are decreasing by a weekly rate of 2.6%, but there are still six million Americans still unemployed.

WalletHub’s study showed that 23 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment claims lower than in the previous week. However, Kentucky was not among those 24 American territories.

Source: WalletHub

Kentucky had unemployment claims last week that were worse than the same week last year, and Kentucky’s unemployment claims are not lower than the same week in 2019 before the pandemic impacted the job market.

Overall, Kentucky ranks 49th among the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in decreasing unemployment claims.

The full list of states whose unemployment claims have not improved across a calendar year are:

  • South Carolina
  • Kentucky
  • Oklahoma
  • Connecticut
  • Arizona

According to data obtained by WalletHub, there are 38 unemployment claims in Kentucky for every 100,000 people and there are 111 unemployment claims for every 100,000 Kentuckians in the workforce.