Report Says Ohio Unemployment Trend Doesn’t Follow COVID-19 Restrictions

by J.D. Davidson


Ohio bucked the trend shown in a new report that compared state’s COVID-19 restrictions and unemployment rate.

Ohio ranked 16th in the nation for fewest restrictions but ranked 39th in unemployment ranking, according updated rankings released Tuesday by WalletHub, a personal-finance website. Not surprisingly, states with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions had lower unemployment rates than states with more.

“There is a strong correlation between a state’s restrictiveness and its unemployment rate,” Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub analyst said. “WalletHub’s analysis found 68% of states with few COVID-19 restrictions had low unemployment rates. This makes sense because states with fewer restrictions allow more places to open, which in turn provides more opportunities to work.”

States with fewer restrictions also generally ranked higher in COVID death rate. Ohio ranked 36th in COVID-19 death rate, according to the report.

In terms of restrictions, Ohio ranked one spot below neighboring Indiana, but well ahead of Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

WalletHub used 17 key metrics to identify which states have the fewest restrictions. The metrics included if a state had penalties for noncompliance or state’s required masks in public and health checks at restaurants.

Each of the metrics received a point number. State’s points were tallied to determine rankings.

South Dakota ranked as the state with the fewest restrictions, while Idaho, Utah, Oklahoma and Iowa rounded out the top five.

“South Dakota ranks as the state with the fewest coronavirus restrictions in part because it is one of just five states that have not taken any action on face coverings in public and one of 15 states that have no limits on large gatherings,” Gonzalez said.

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An Ohio native, J.D. Davidson is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience in newspapers in Ohio, Georgia, Alabama and Texas. He has served as a reporter, editor, managing editor and publisher. Davidson is a regional reporter for The Center Square. 







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