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Tiers of Risk

Older Americans and people with certain existing medical conditions like severe obesity, type-2 diabetes and sickle cell disease are included in the highest tier of risk–officially termed an “increased risk of severe illness”. The CDC identifies a second tier of risk for those who “might be at an increased risk for severe illness” with conditions like asthma, high blood pressure and type-1 diabetes. A third tier of risk identifies populations who “may need extra precautions.” This includes people with disabilities, pregnant mothers, individuals with substance abuse disorder and people experiencing homelessness. Age and medical conditions are not the only factors that play a role in determining a person’s risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. The CDC further identifies racial and ethnic minority groups as being at an increased risk of severe illness due to racial discrimination and disparities in access to health care, employment, education and housing.

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Occupational Licensing Legislation Database

This database tracks the state-by-state requirements, costs, training, and other related details of 48 different licensed, certified or registered occupations across all 50 states. It includes all enacted legislation from 2017 to the present and is updated annually or as legislation is identified by NCSL staff.

State Unemployment Rates

Unemployment rates were lower in April in 5 states, higher in 2 states, and stable in 43 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Thirty states had jobless rate increases from a year earlier, 1 state had a decrease, and 19 states and the District had little change. The national unemployment rate changed little at 3.9 percent but was 0.5 percentage point higher than in April 2023.
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