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Roughly 22 million Americans have lost their jobs amid the coronavirus shutdown over the past four weeks — a figure that roughly equals the cumulative workforce of 23 states, as noted by the New York Times' Peter Baker.

Why it matters: The U.S. has lost more jobs in the past month than it has gained in the 11 years since the end of the Great Recession, leaving a huge swath of the country financially vulnerable during a pandemic.

The total workforce of each of the 23 states, per Feb. 2020 labor force figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Alaska: 345,222
  • Arkansas: 1,367,278
  • Connecticut: 1,930,492
  • Delaware: 489,107
  • Hawaii: 669,073
  • Idaho: 891,650
  • Iowa: 1,752,764
  • Kansas: 1,496,507
  • Maine: 695,024
  • Mississippi: 1,276,525
  • Montana: 537,323
  • Nebraska: 1,042,417
  • Nevada: 1,559,531
  • New Hampshire: 779,489
  • New Mexico: 961,708
  • North Dakota: 404,494
  • Oklahoma: 1,844,281
  • Rhode Island: 558,452
  • South Dakota: 467,060
  • Utah: 1,630,696
  • Vermont: 340,147
  • West Virginia: 806,517
  • Wyoming: 294,173

The total: 22,139,920

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