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COVID-19 in the states


37

The number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 persons in the United States as of June 25, according to Johns Hopkins University. This gave the United States the seventh-highest rate of COVID-19 deaths in the world, with Belgium leading with 85 deaths per 100,000 persons. The United Kingdom had 64 and Spain had 60. (Numbers from other countries, such as China, are unreliable.) In the United States, the Northeastern states increased the U.S. average with New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts all having more than 100 deaths per 100,000 persons. South Dakota, which did not have a mandatory COVID-19 lockdown, had 9 deaths per 100,000 persons.

161

The number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 ­persons in New York as of June 24, according to Statista.

147

The number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 ­persons in New Jersey as of June 24.

3

The number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 ­persons in Wyoming as of June 24.

2

The number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 ­persons in Alaska and Montana as of June 24.

1

The number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 ­persons in Hawaii as of June 24.

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A staggering abortion toll

Illustration by Krieg Barrie


Illustration by Krieg Barrie

61,628,584

The total number of abortions in the United States between 1973—when the U.S. Supreme Court forced states to legalize abortion—and 2017, according to a calculation by National Right to Life using data from the Guttmacher Institute. While the number of abortions per year has been dropping fairly steadily since peaking at over 1.6 million in 1990, the death toll still reaches several hundred thousand every year. National Right to Life noted that the share of chemical abortions rose from 16.4 percent of all abortions in 2008 to 39.4 percent in 2017.

1,608,600 

The number of reported abortions in the United States in 1990, according to National Right to Life (using data from the Guttmacher Institute). That year saw the highest number of abortions since the 1973 Roe decision. The number of abortions had been 744,610 in 1973.

1,312,990

The number of reported abortions in the United States in 2000.

1,102,670 

The number of reported abortions in the United States in 2010.

899,500 

The number of reported abortions in the United States in 2015.

862,320 

The number of reported abortions in the United States in 2017, a decline of almost 50 percent since 1990.

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The COVID-19 economy

Illustration by Krieg Barrie


Illustration by Krieg Barrie

14.7%

The U.S. unemployment rate in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as the economy lost 20.5 million jobs amid lockdowns and sheltering-in-place orders related to COVID-19. It was the highest jobless rate since the unemployment rate reached 24.9 percent in 1933 during the Great Depression. Some states were particularly hard-hit in April. Hawaii’s unemployment rate swelled to 34 percent as tourism slowed to a trickle. Kentucky reported that 32.7 percent of that state’s workers had filed claims for jobless benefits in the weeks leading up to early May. Georgia reported that 31.1 percent of its workforce had filed unemployment claims during the same period.

7.7 MILLION

The number of jobs lost in the leisure and hospitality industry during April, making up about 38 percent of the total number of lost jobs.

2.5 MILLION

The number of jobs lost in education and health services during April.

2.1 MILLION 

The number of jobs lost in professional and business services and also in retail during April.

242 

The number of J.C. Penney’s 846 stores the company reportedly plans to close permanently as it seeks bankruptcy protection. Other retail chains—such as J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom—also announced permanent store closures and/or bankruptcy filings.

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