The unemployment rate was higher than at any point dating back to 1976 when the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began publishing state-by-state records. If they were still in the labor force and reported themselves as unemployed, Georgia's jobless rate would be above 14%.
The number of people drawing benefits fell to 678,000 last week, down from a high of 885,000 in early May.
The Labor Department reported Thursday 1.5 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims last week, pushing to almost 44 million the number of claims filed since the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of the US economy.
In the week ending June 13, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 58,000 from the prior week to 1,508,000, the 11th weekly decline in a row but remaining high on a historical basis, Xinhua news agency reported. It marks the 13th week that weekly applications exceeded one million.
While the state gained new jobs in May, there was a significant drop in the year-to-year comparison of job numbers.
Child care facilities were allowed to reopen May 31, but with limits on total number of kids and strict rules on health. Cook, 28, moved to the area in September for an 18-month contract position as a 3-D modeler for Walt Disney, a job involving sculpting character prototypes that were printed on 3-D printers.
"Preliminary May estimates released today show Kansas gained back 17 percent of the jobs lost in March and April due to efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19", said Senior Labor Economist, Tyler Tenbrink.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 10.1% in May, which was down from 10.2% in April and was lower than the national rate for May of 13.3%.
Last month, retail and restaurant sales jumped almost 18%, the government said Tuesday, retracing some of the record plunges of the previous two months. Yet "until the public is confident that the disease is contained, a full recovery is unlikely".
Dealing with the state's bureaucracy "was very stressful", she said.