States whose unemployment funds were furthest below federal guidelines prior to September 11
NUMBER OF MONTHS ITS SURPLUS CAN COVER STATE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT*
NORTH DAKOTA 3.4 NEW YORK 3.6 ILLINOIS 5.8 WEST VIRGINIA 6.1 MISSOURI 6.6 MINNESOTA 7.0 OHIO 7.4 ALABAMA 7.7 ARKANSAS 7.9 PENNSYLVANIA 7.9 U.S. AVERAGE 10.7
Based on a federal guideline derived by averaging a state's three largest unemployment-benefit payout years. Assumes no additional funds.
Data: Labor Dept.
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