Unemployment Statistics and Data by State

Researcher & Writer
May 29, 2017

State-Level Unemployment Data

The unemployment rate in the United States is measured on a monthly basis.  It is expressed as a percentage of the individuals in the U.S. who are unemployed, divided by the number of people in the population that are members of the labor force.  As of 2017, the national unemployment rate has hovered around 4-5%.  Our research team here at Eligibility.com updates this page with the most recent data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  State-by-state unemployment rates are shown below.

Map of the U S A

Unemployment Rate by State (updated May 2017)

View the current unemployment rate on a state-by-state level below. Statistics are updated as of May 2017.

The current national unemployment rate is 4.4%. Several states, including Alaska and New Mexico, currently show unemployment rates above 6%. The District of Columbia and Louisiana also have higher-than-average unemployment rates as of May 2017.

States with some of the lowest unemployment rates currently include Hawaii, Colorado, North Dakota and New Hampshire.

Unemployment graph

Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount, by State

Each state administers its own unemployment insurance (UI) program.  Therefore, the benefits an unemployed individual is paid by the state will vary.  We have compiled a current data set showing the maximum weekly benefit amounts paid by each state.  Find your state below to see how much an unemployed person can earn each week.

State
Maximum Weekly Benefits
Alabama$265
Alaska$370
Arizona$240
Arkansas$451
California$450
Colorado$568
Connecticut$598
Delaware$330
District of Columbia$425
Florida$275
Georgia$330
Hawaii$551
Idaho$410
Illinois$449 (Individual) to $613 (w/dependents)
Indiana$390
Iowa$447 (Individual) to $548 (w/dependents)
Kansas$474
Kentucky$415
Louisiana$247
Maine$410
Maryland$430
Massachusetts$742 + $25 p/child
Michigan$362 (w/dependents)
Minnesota$683
Mississippi$235
Missouri$320
Montana$487
Nebraska$392
Nevada$407
New Hampshire$427
New Jersey$677
New Mexico$425
New York$430
North Carolina$350
North Dakota$633
Ohio$435 (Individual) to $587 (w/dependents)
Oklahoma$505
Oregon$590
Pennsylvania$573 + $8 p/week for each dependent
Puerto Rico$42 or $133
Rhode Island$566
South Carolina$326
South Dakota$345
Tennessee$275
Texas$493
Utah$496
Vermont$458
Virginia$378
Washington$681
West Virginia$424
Wisconsin$370
Wyoming$471

States with the Highest Weekly Unemployment Payments

Massachusetts – $1,019
Rhode Island – $707
Connecticut – $665
New Jersey – $636
Minnesota – $629

States with the Lowest Weekly Unemployment Payments

Mississippi – $235
Arizona – $240
Alabama – 265
Tennessee – $275
Florida – $275

Maximum Weeks of Unemployment Benefits Paid

Each state also sets a maximum number of weeks that it will pay continual benefits to an unemployed individual.  Most states set this limit at 26 weeks, or one half of a year.  But some states - like Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina - set a maximum weekly benefit time limit at some period less than 26 weeks.

Our team has compiled the most recent data for this below.

State
Maximum Weeks of Unemployment Benefits
Alabama26
Alaska26
Arizona26
Arkansas20
California26
Colorado26
Connecticut26
Delaware26
District of Columbia26
Florida12
Georgia14 to 20
Hawaii26
Idaho26
Illinois26
Indiana26
Iowa26
Kansas16
Kentucky26
Louisiana26
Maine26
Maryland26
Massachusetts30
Michigan20
Minnesota26
Mississippi26
Missouri20
Montana26
Nebraska26
Nevada26
New Hampshire26
New Jersey26
New Mexico26
New York26
North Carolina5 to 20
North Dakota26
Ohio26
Oklahoma26
Oregon26
Pennsylvania26
Puerto Rico26
Rhode Island26
South Carolina20
South Dakota26
Tennessee26
Texas26
Utah26
Vermont26
Virginia26
Washington26
West Virginia26
Wisconsin26
Wyoming26
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