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.

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.

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

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.



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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
Alabama
26
Alaska
26
Arizona
26
Arkansas
20
California
26
Colorado
26
Connecticut
26
Delaware
26
District of Columbia
26
Florida
12
Georgia
14 to 20
Hawaii
26
Idaho
26
Illinois
26
Indiana
26
Iowa
26
Kansas
16
Kentucky
26
Louisiana
26
Maine
26
Maryland
26
Massachusetts
30
Michigan
20
Minnesota
26
Mississippi
26
Missouri
20
Montana
26
Nebraska
26
Nevada
26
New Hampshire
26
New Jersey
26
New Mexico
26
New York
26
North Carolina
5 to 20
North Dakota
26
Ohio
26
Oklahoma
26
Oregon
26
Pennsylvania
26
Puerto Rico
26
Rhode Island
26
South Carolina
20
South Dakota
26
Tennessee
26
Texas
26
Utah
26
Vermont
26
Virginia
26
Washington
26
West Virginia
26
Wisconsin
26
Wyoming
26