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U.S. Unemployment by the Numbers

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U.S. Unemployment by the Numbers

Unemployment rates—and benefits that are offered to unemployed workers—vary greatly from state to state. The national unemployment rate was 8.9% as of April, with the average weekly benefit check currently about $306. About 37% of the jobless receive benefits, and states vary in their maximum and minimum payments. The stimulus measure enacted earlier this year qualifies a greater portion of the unemployed for benefits, and increases benefits across the board. That’s because the bill added more funding to the unemployment insurance system to provide relief for the jobless.

What follows are the April unemployment rates for each state (which lag the national unemployment data), as well as maximum and average weekly benefit rates and the share of unemployed who receive benefits in each state. States are listed alphabetically.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Labor Dept.