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The 10 Worst States for the Unemployed

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-05-09T20:53:57Z

Photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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No. 9 Florida

Unemployment rate: 7.49%
Benefit as a percentage of income: 29.83%
Wealth disparity ratio: 0.397

After the novelty of hitting the beach and playing golf wears off, there’s little to love about being unemployed in Florida. Unemployment insurance covers 29.8 percent of lost income. That's the fourth-worst coverage percentage in the nation, after Alaska, Louisiana and the Washington, D.C., area. Florida's rank would be still worse but for one factor -- the wealth disparity isn’t nearly as gaping as it is in such states as New Jersey and Maryland. That means that even if you are unemployed, you don't suffer as much as you might in other states while trying to keep up with the Joneses.