- As of March 21, weekly US Google search interest in unemployment as a percent of all searches had increased by ~8x vs. the previous week. Initial jobless claims reached a record 3.3. million that week.
- Washington state, where the first case was reported, saw an early increase in search interest.
- Search in New York state, which has the most confirmed cases, surged in the week of March 21, when the governor announced non-essential businesses would have to close.
- California, which was one of the earlier states to be hit by the virus and has put in place tight restrictions on public activity, has seen a less pronounced increase.
US Google Search Interest in Unemployment
Google Search Interest in Unemployment - Washington, New York, California