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Unemployment Benefits Comparison by State

Unemployment insurance programs are governed by State governments and are funded by state, federal and private companies that pay employment tax. Ultimately, the onus is on the state government to balance the checkbook, so the state has to decide the benefits maximum amount, duration, and eligibility to receive the benefits. For this reason, you notice that unemployment benefits largely vary by state.

Some states like Massachusetts could pay as high as $1,537  depending on the eligibility criteria. But only a handful of states such as Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey provide such generous benefits. Majority of the states provide average benefits in the range of $300 to $500.

Before we get to the details, you can now check your eligibility and calculate benefits in your state.

Benefits Amount and Duration by State

This table provides a complete list of unemployment benefits and duration for all 50 states. It provides the maximum dollar amount per week and also the maximum number of weeks benefits provided by each state.

Comparison of State Unemployment Benefits

State

Unemp Rate Max Weeks of Benefits Max.Weekly Benefits Max. DA Allowance Total Weekly Benefits

Alaska

7.2 26 $370 – $442
$72 $514
Alabama 4.1 26 $265 $265
Arkansas 3.8 20 $451 $451
Arizona 4.7 26 $240 $240
California 4.2 26 $450 $450
Colorado 2.7 26 $520 – $573 $573
Connecticut 4.4 26 $613 – $688 $75 $763
Dist of Columbia 5.6 26 $432 $432
Delaware 3.9 26 $330 $330
Florida 3.8 12 $275 $275
Georgia 4.1 14 $330 $330
Hawaii 2.1 26 $619 $619
Iowa 2.7 26 $455 – $559 $104 $663
Idaho 2.9 21 $414 $414
Illinois 4.3 26 $458 – $627 $170 $797
Indiana 3.3 26 $390 $390
Kansas 3.4 16 $474 $474
Kentucky 4.2 26 $448 $448
Louisiana 4.7 26 $221 – $284 $284
Massachusetts 3.5 30 $769 – $1,153 $384 $1537
Maryland 4.3 26 $430 $430
Maine 2.9 26 $418 – $627 $209 $836
Michigan 4.5 20 $362 same with or without DA
$362
Minnesota 3.1 26 $447-$693 $693
Missouri 3.5 13 $320 $320
Mississippi 4.7 26 $235 $235
Montana 3.8 28 $518 $518
North Carolina 4.2 12 $350 $350
North Dakota 2.6 26 $606 $606
Nebraska 2.7 26 $414 $414
New Hampshire 2.7 26 $427 $427
New Jersey 4.9 26 $681 same with or without DA
$681
New Mexico 4.9 26 $475 $50 $525
Nevada 4.7 26 $426 $426
New York 4.5 26 $430 $430
Ohio 4.5 26 $443 – $598 $155 $753
Oklahoma 3.9 26 $506 $506
Oregon 4 26 $604 $604
Pennsylvania 4.3 26 $561 – $569 $8 $561 – $569
Rhode Island 4.3 26 $566 – $707 $141 $566 – $707
South Carolina 3.8 20 $326 $326
South Dakota 3.2 26 $390 $390
Tennessee 3.5 26 $275 $325
Texas 4 26 $494 $494
Utah 3 26 $543 $543
Virginia 3.2 26 $378 $378
Vermont 2.8 26 $466 $466
Washington 4.7 26 $713 $713
Wisconsin 2.9 26 $370 $370
West Virginia 5.3 26 $424 $424
Wyoming 3.7 26 $475

$475

Benefits Comparison Chart

The following comparison data provides an overview of benefits and shows which states pay well:

Unemployment Benefits Comparison by State Table
State Unemployment Benefits Comparison. (Click to Enlarge)

States that pay highest unemployment insurance compensation

  1. Massachusetts – $1,537
  2. Maine – $836
  3. Illinois – $797
  4. Connecticut – $763
  5. Ohio – $753

Massachusetts provides the highest amount, but please note that the amount ranges from $769 to $1,537 depending on your eligibility.  In terms of the duration, most of the top 5 states provide similar coverage.

States that pay lowest unemployment insurance compensation

  1. Mississippi – $235
  2. Arizona – $240
  3. Alabama – 265
  4. Florida – $275
  5. Louisiana – $284

Mississippi pays the lowest amount in the country, followed by Arizona.

States that provide unemployment compensation for longer duration

  1. Massachusetts – 30 Weeks
  2. Montana – 28 Weeks

States that provide unemployment compensation for shorter duration

  1. Florida – 12 Weeks
  2. North Carolina – 12 Weeks
  3. Missouri – 13 Weeks
  4. Georgia – 14 Weeks
  5. Kansas – 16 Weeks

Not surprisingly, the states that provide unemployment insurance coverage for a shorter duration also provide less money. These are the “stingy” states you don’t want to live if you fear unemployment. These states are more likely to be business friendly as businesses don’t have to pay as much employment taxes compared to other states.

State Performance Excellence Awards

Dept. of Labor awards the states based on their performance every year. The awards are given based on management, planning, and oversight resulting into efficient service to workers and employers. This map shows six states that won the Performance Excellence Awards for 2018:

 If you want to know more, check out UI Performance Awards page

Source:
Data was collected from various govt. websites. There may be some minor errors and you are advised to contact the State employment office for most accurate and up-to-date info. Information is current as of December 2017. For further reading on unemployment insurance, please refer to the following articles:

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