Unemployment Benefits by State

Unlike programs such as Social Security and Medicare, unemployment benefits change across state lines. Unemployment is defined as working age adults who are without employment and are able and actively seeking work. Likewise, the unemployment rate is the percentage of the working force that is unemployed. Persons who are not employed and not seeking work are not included in the definition of unemployment or the unemployment rate.

Unemployment benefits are paid out to qualified persons for a set amount of time; the amount to be paid by the state is typically a percentage of the unemployed person’s salary before termination. When comparing unemployment benefits by state, it is important to note there are two components: length of benefits and amount paid (typically expressed as the average across the state). All but nine states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Carolina) allow claimants to receive unemployment benefits for twenty-six weeks or more. 

Learn for yourself how the unemployment benefits differ by state by scrolling the data in the charts.

Unemployment Benefits by State

Alabama - Unemployment Benefits

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$259

#41 in the US

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2.6%

#2 in the US

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58,913

#29 in the US

Alaska - Unemployment Benefits

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$276

#39 in the US

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4.6%

#36 in the US

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16,661

#45 in the US

Arizona - Unemployment Benefits

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$237

#47 in the US

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3.5%

#19 in the US

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125,050

#15 in the US

Arkansas - Unemployment Benefits

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$247

#45 in the US

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3.4%

#20 in the US

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45,636

#32 in the US

California - Unemployment Benefits

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$315

#32 in the US

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4.1%

#37 in the US

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783,822

#1 in the US

Colorado - Unemployment Benefits

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$387

#17 in the US

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3.4%

#21 in the US

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111,878

#18 in the US

Connecticut - Unemployment Benefits

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$367

#21 in the US

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4.1%

#38 in the US

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77,702

#23 in the US

Delaware - Unemployment Benefits

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$288

#37 in the US

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4.5%

#39 in the US

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22,331

#42 in the US

Florida - Unemployment Benefits

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$240

#46 in the US

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2.7%

#3 in the US

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292,609

#4 in the US

Georgia - Unemployment Benefits

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$289

#36 in the US

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2.8%

#4 in the US

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149,654

#11 in the US

Hawaii - Unemployment Benefits

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$483

#3 in the US

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4%

#40 in the US

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27,354

#39 in the US

Idaho - Unemployment Benefits

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$356

#25 in the US

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2.7%

#5 in the US

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25,697

#40 in the US

Illinois - Unemployment Benefits

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$363

#23 in the US

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4.5%

#41 in the US

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290,027

#5 in the US

Indiana - Unemployment Benefits

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$256

#43 in the US

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2.8%

#6 in the US

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95,218

#20 in the US

Iowa - Unemployment Benefits

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$424

#9 in the US

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2.6%

#7 in the US

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44,698

#34 in the US

Kansas - Unemployment Benefits

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$416

#11 in the US

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2.5%

#8 in the US

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38,170

#36 in the US

Kentucky - Unemployment Benefits

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$366

#22 in the US

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3.8%

#22 in the US

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78,292

#22 in the US

Louisiana - Unemployment Benefits

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$186

#50 in the US

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3.5%

#23 in the US

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73,895

#26 in the US

Maine - Unemployment Benefits

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$346

#27 in the US

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3.1%

#24 in the US

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21,092

#43 in the US

Maryland - Unemployment Benefits

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$334

#30 in the US

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4.3%

#42 in the US

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138,107

#13 in the US

Massachusetts - Unemployment Benefits

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$512

#1 in the US

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3.6%

#25 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

134,742

#14 in the US

Michigan - Unemployment Benefits

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$339

#29 in the US

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4.3%

#43 in the US

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200,680

#8 in the US

Minnesota - Unemployment Benefits

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$432

#7 in the US

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1.9%

#1 in the US

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58,258

#30 in the US

Mississippi - Unemployment Benefits

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$200

#49 in the US

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3.6%

#26 in the US

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45,237

#33 in the US

Missouri - Unemployment Benefits

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$263

#40 in the US

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2.5%

#9 in the US

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76,156

#24 in the US

Montana - Unemployment Benefits

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$465

#5 in the US

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2.8%

#10 in the US

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15,868

#47 in the US

Nebraska - Unemployment Benefits

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$353

#26 in the US

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2.1%

#11 in the US

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22,363

#41 in the US

Nevada - Unemployment Benefits

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$372

#20 in the US

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4.4%

#44 in the US

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66,464

#28 in the US

New Hampshire - Unemployment Benefits

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$294

#35 in the US

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2%

#12 in the US

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15,542

#48 in the US

New Jersey - Unemployment Benefits

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$476

#4 in the US

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4%

#45 in the US

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188,221

#9 in the US

New Mexico - Unemployment Benefits

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$340

#28 in the US

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4.4%

#46 in the US

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41,821

#35 in the US

New York - Unemployment Benefits

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$373

#19 in the US

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4.7%

#47 in the US

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445,097

#3 in the US

North Carolina - Unemployment Benefits

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$257

#42 in the US

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3.5%

#27 in the US

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179,521

#10 in the US

North Dakota - Unemployment Benefits

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$462

#6 in the US

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2.3%

#13 in the US

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9,277

#50 in the US

Ohio - Unemployment Benefits

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$382

#18 in the US

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4%

#48 in the US

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228,949

#7 in the US

Oklahoma - Unemployment Benefits

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$331

#31 in the US

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3.1%

#28 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

57,484

#31 in the US

Oregon - Unemployment Benefits

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$391

#14 in the US

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3.7%

#29 in the US

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81,977

#21 in the US

Pennsylvania - Unemployment Benefits

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$393

#13 in the US

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4.2%

#49 in the US

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272,464

#6 in the US

Rhode Island - Unemployment Benefits

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$389

#15 in the US

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2.8%

#14 in the US

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16,348

#46 in the US

South Carolina - Unemployment Benefits

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$248

#44 in the US

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3.1%

#30 in the US

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74,521

#25 in the US

South Dakota - Unemployment Benefits

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$359

#24 in the US

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2.3%

#15 in the US

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11,000

#49 in the US

Tennessee - Unemployment Benefits

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$224

#48 in the US

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3.4%

#31 in the US

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114,679

#16 in the US

Texas - Unemployment Benefits

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$415

#12 in the US

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4.1%

#50 in the US

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594,584

#2 in the US

Utah - Unemployment Benefits

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$432

#8 in the US

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2%

#16 in the US

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35,505

#37 in the US

Vermont - Unemployment Benefits

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$388

#16 in the US

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2.1%

#17 in the US

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6,995

#52 in the US

Virginia - Unemployment Benefits

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$295

#34 in the US

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2.6%

#18 in the US

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114,105

#17 in the US

Washington - Unemployment Benefits

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$491

#2 in the US

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3.7%

#32 in the US

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149,242

#12 in the US

West Virginia - Unemployment Benefits

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$277

#38 in the US

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3.9%

#33 in the US

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30,979

#38 in the US

Wisconsin - Unemployment Benefits

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$305

#33 in the US

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3.1%

#34 in the US

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96,262

#19 in the US

Wyoming - Unemployment Benefits

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$420

#10 in the US

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3.1%

#35 in the US

UNEMPLOYED POPULATIONhelp

9,071

#51 in the US