The 10 Worst States for the Unemployed

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

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No. 2 Connecticut

Unemployment rate: 8.0%
Benefit as a percentage of income: 30.07%
Wealth disparity ratio: 1.36

Connecticut's extreme wealth inequality helps explain why being unemployed here feels so much worse than in other states. Income replacement from unemployment insurance is very low, covering a little more than 30 percent of wages. Life isn't going to get easier for the unemployed: In fiscal 2013, federal grants to Connecticut for unemployment insurance will be cut by about $3 million, according to Pew Charitable Trusts.