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The closure of small businesses due to COVID-19 was widespread in 2020. Now, the Wyoming Legislature is holding a special session to discuss 20 bills aimed at countering President Joe Biden's proposed vaccine mandates. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

WYOMING— Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wyoming unemployment claims have recovered the fourth quickest in the country, according to Wallet Hub.

Initial unemployment claims in Wyoming have only increased by 23.11% when comparing the week of Jan.1, 2020, to the week of Jan. 1, 2021. These figures rank Wyoming as number two with the highest recovery. Connecticut is ranked number one when comparing the first week of Jan. 2020 with the first week of Jan. 2021.

Since the week of March 16, which marks the beginning of the economic fall-out in the U.S due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 73.8 million jobs have been lost. For perspective, a total of 8.8 million jobs were lost during the great recession in 2007 through 2009. Since 2010, 22.7 jobs have been created. Coronavirus has wiped out all of the jobs gained since the great recession.

The week of March 23, 2020, saw the greatest job losses, with 6.9 million reported nationwide

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.