2017 to 2018 Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefits By State

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Listed below are the latest maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefit/compensation amounts by state. The Unemployment compensation (UC) program is designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work or in between jobs, through no fault of their own.


Note, the table below contains the the maximum weekly unemployment insurance compensation (benefit) including adjustments for dependents where applicable. In most cases the number of dependents you have and average maximum weekly wage will impact the unemployment benefit you are eligible for. Please check the respective state unemployment website in the table below for state specific details, latest numbers and process to claim the benefits. The data in this post is informational only for reference.

The Federal-State UC program is a partnership based upon federal law, but administered by state employees under state laws. Thus each state designs its own UC program within the guidelines of the federal requirements, which includes setting the benefit amount along with eligibility and disqualification provisions. There are significant differences between states so please visit the state unemployment for detailed rules and benefit calculation scenarios.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), which provided federal benefits on top of the state benefits (up to 99 weeks of benefits), has now expired and is not longer available. You can see this article for more details, but as of now only state unemployment benefits are available to the unemployed.

I will keep updating the table with annual state unemployment benefit changes and encourage you to follow this site via social media to get the latest updates. State unemployment benefit information is constantly changing so if you notice any discrepancies please leave a comment and I will update.

StateMax. Weekly Benefit AmountState Unemployment Insurance Benefits SiteMax Weeks
Alabama$265Alabama Unemployment Information26
Alaska$370Alaska Unemployment Insurance State Website26
Arizona$240Arizona Department of Economic Security26
Arkansas$451Arkansas Department of Workforce Services20
California$450CA.gov EDD details26
Colorado$568Colorado Department of Labor and Employment26
Connecticut$598Connecticut Department of Labor26
Delaware$330Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance
26
District of Columbia$425DC Dept. of Employment Services26
Florida$275Florida
Dept. of Economic Opportunity
12
Georgia$330GA Department of Labor
14 to 20
Hawaii$551Hawaii Unemployment Insurance State Website26
Idaho$410Idaho Dept. of Labor26
Illinois$449 (Individual) to $613 (w/dependents)IL Unemployment Insurance State Website
26
Indiana$390Indiana Department of Workforce Development26
Iowa$447 (Individual) to $548 (w/dependents)Iowa Workforce Development
26
Kansas$474Kansas Department of Labor16
Kentucky$415Kentucky Career Center26
Louisiana$247Louisiana Workforce Commission26
Maine$410Maine Department of Labor26
Maryland$430MD Department of Labor (DLLR)26
Massachusetts$742 + $25 p/childMA Labor and Workforce Development30
Michigan$362 (w/dependents)Michigan UIA20
Minnesota$683MN Department of Employment and Economic Development26
Mississippi$235MS Department of Employment Security
26
Missouri$320MO Department of Labor and Industrial Relations20
Montana$487MT Department of Labor and Industry26
Nebraska$392NE Department of Labor26
Nevada$407NV Dept. of Employment, Training and Rehab26
New Hampshire$427NH Department of Employment Security26
New Jersey$677NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development26
New Mexico$425NM Department of Workforce Solutions 26
New York$430NY Dept. of Labor26
North Carolina$350NC Division of Employment Security5 to 20
North Dakota$633ND Job Service26
Ohio$435 (Individual) to $587 (w/dependents)Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services

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Oklahoma$505Oklahoma UI Home Page26
Oregon$590Oregon Employment Department 26
Pennsylvania$573 + $8 p/week for each dependentPA Office of Unemployment Compensation 26
Puerto Rico$42 or $133PR Department of Labor & HR26
Rhode Island$566RI Dept. of Labor and Training 26
South Carolina$326SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce 20
South Dakota$345SD Department of Labor & Regulation26
Tennessee$275TN Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development26
Texas$493Texas Workforce Commission26
Utah$496Dept. of Workforce Services26
Vermont$458VT Dept. of Labor26
Virginia$378VA Employment Commission26
Washington$681WA Employment Security Department26
West Virginia$424 West Virginia Unemployment Insurance Page26
Wisconsin$370WI Dept. of Workforce Development26
Wyoming$471Wyoming Unemployment Insurance Home Page26

Steps to Filing an Unemployment Claim


– Contact the State Unemployment Insurance agency as soon as possible after becoming unemployed. Go the website to see if you can file electronic claims or to get the location/number of the nearest unemployment office.

– Have details of your former employment available. Make sure to give complete and correct information to ensure no delays with your claim processing. It generally takes two to four weeks after you file your claim to receive your first benefit check.

– Your state unemployment website (links in table above) will generally allow you to calculate your estimated state unemployment benefits prior to or when submitting a claim. You will need to have your income/wages earned during the four prior calendar quarters (base year period) and also number of hours worked in some instances for each of these quarters. Since the wages you earn can vary significantly from quarter to quarter, you may want to consider these differences in deciding when to file your claim. Refer to your local state’s website for specifics on calculations and eligibility.

The final amount of your benefit is determined after the State UI division process your application and validates income and employment duration with your employer(s).

Taxation on Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment insurance is taxable income and must be reported on your IRS federal income tax return. Your local state unemployment agency will send you form 1099-G to file with your tax return (see due dates). This form is sent in late January and outlines the amount of benefits paid to you during the previous year. You can choose to withhold income tax during the year with 10 percent being the maximum generally allowed.

Claiming Benefits Across Multiple States

If you worked and earned wages in multiple states you may be able to claim benefits from all these states relative to the income you earned. Generally you should first exhaust benefits from the state where you had the highest income and/or lived for the longest duration in the base year of figuring your claim. After which you can submit claims from the other states up to the maximum weekly benefit.

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Gina February 22

New Jersey benefit for 2017 is $677 (not $657).

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Andy (Author) February 23

Thanks. I have updated the table.

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Joe Smith February 17

You Alabama link is broken

A friend.

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Andy (Author) February 18

Thanks Joe. I have updated the link.

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Lois February 8

I’m in Florida. Previously made $55k. Currently unemployed. It’s outrageous that max unemployment is $275 weekly. Guess what? Now that the poverty level increased- I’ve suddenly become ‘too poor’ for tax credit on my Obamacare insurance premium. The marketplace rep suggested Medicaid (don’t qualify cause I’m unmarried and childless). Lol. Freaking laughable. I choose not to participate in this nonsense so I’m forgoing insurance for now. Can’t be penalized because technically I don’t make enough.

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Gina February 13

No unemployment benefit worthy of the name and no Medicaid – two of the great benefits of living in a low-tax, red state, populated with retirees who live there EXACTLY because there are no taxes. No taxes translates to no social safety nets for the average worker who is paying to support these retirees with their FICA contributions. Especially hard on the single without children. You need to move further north – or to California Or, TX. TX at least has a decent UE benefit.

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Jim F January 31

I see Georgia states 14-20 weeks; how can I get 20 weeks as my 14 is almost up? I will have employment in 4 weeks with a trucking company, but need the extra 4 weeks to keep the lights on and myself fed… please help

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Gina February 13

You can’t. Duration of benefits in GA is determined by its unemployment rate. Right now the UE rate is so low, GA only pays 14 weeks.

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Tony January 31

In 2016 I didn’t claim any unemployment so the money I paid into it last year why can’t I right that money off as a loss or donation on my taxes

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Gina February 13

Because what you paid is a tax – not a donation. How much overall did you pay in last year? Can’t amount to much. Only three states – Alaska, PA, NJ – impose a teeny UI tax on employees while working.

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Tony January 31

What the hell damn Democrats in CA. Max amount $450 a week ,Colorado, Connecticut,massachuestes make more makes no sense taking it in the ass thanks gov. Brown

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Gina February 13

Be glad you aren’t in MS, Alabama, AZ, FL, TN – all of which pay under $300/mo. CA is the most claimant-friendly state in the US. $450/wk is still $1,949/mo. That’s more than many people earn, these days.

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Brian January 23

The District of Columbia increased its maximum weekly unemployment benefit to $425 effective Oct. 1, 2016.

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Andy (Author) January 23

Thanks for the update and reference. Table updated to reflect that he Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) will be raised from $359 to $425 for all initial claims filed on October 2, 2016 and after.

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Who Me January 18
Andy (Author) January 19

Thanks for the noted. Updated table.

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Who Me January 18

New maxes for Illinois: $449 (individual), $535 (w/spouse) and $613 (w/child).

http://www.ides.illinois.gov/IDES%20Forms%20and%20Publications/CLI110L.pdf

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Andy (Author) January 18

Thanks for the heads-up. I have updated the maximum amounts for IL.

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John Doe January 3

did the state of Maryland give an increase on unemployment weekly benefits in 2016

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Andy (Author) January 3

The rate in the table above does reflect the latest 2016/17 rates. I believe there was a minor benefit increase for MD last year.

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Willette Vaughn November 28

I work in Mississippi but live in Tennessee which state will I receive my benefit?

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Andy (Author) November 28

Scroll to the bottom of the article. If you worked and earned wages in multiple states you may be able to claim benefits from all these states relative to the income you earned. Generally you should first exhaust benefits from the state where you had the highest income and/or lived for the longest duration in the base year of figuring your claim. After which you can submit claims from the other states up to the maximum weekly benefit. Note that when assessing your eligibility for state unemployment they will look at your earned income in that state as well. So go to both the state’s websites and see which one provides you with the greatest benefit (you may not be eligible for the maximum benefit in either state)

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Jennifer November 26

Question, my husband works out of Louisiana but we live in Texas. In which state do we file for unemployment? Texas unemployment is way more than Louisiana.

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Deborah Cornelison December 21

My husband worked in Louisiana the past 2 years but we Alabama. Which state should he file in

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Andy (Author) December 22

You should file for UI in the state he worked in as they look at hours worked in their UI benefit calculations. You can also try and file in Alabama to see if you can get an extra or supplemental benefit from them.

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Jason February 3

Louisiana

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Valence November 10

I have a few family members going through the unemployment process for the first time.
After comparing just a few States’ unemployment insurance payments (Minnesota versus Illinois) I found it crazy that these states alone had x2 or 50% difference (depending on how you’re looking at it). Why is this so?

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Andy (Author) November 10

The Federal Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration promulgates regulations based on Federal UI Law. Each state must follow these broad regulations or risk loosing Federal funding (which is used to pay staff, buy equipment, etc, etc.).
Then each state legislature passes laws that set up UI. The State Department of Labor (names vary), then promulgates regulations and the ways in which unemployment compensation is applied for, paid, adjudicated and so forth.
So, each state can have different top rates, lowest possible rates and so on.
Yay, states rights.

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Andy (Author) November 8

MA update (Oct 2016) – Claimants receive a weekly benefit of approximately 50 percent of their average weekly wage, up to the maximum set by law. The current maximum benefit rate is $742 a week (effective October 2, 2016).

The duration of benefits – the maximum number of weeks you would be able to collect benefits – is determined by the total amount of your wages paid and the amount of your benefit rate.

The maximum number of weeks a claimant can collect full benefits is 30 weeks. Under Massachusetts law, regular benefits are capped at 26 weeks (instead of the maximum of 30 weeks) whenever there is a program of extended benefits. However, many individuals qualify for less than the maximum weeks of coverage. The maximum benefit credit amount is $22,260, which equals $742 a week for 30 weeks.

If you are eligible for UI benefits in Massachusetts, you will receive a weekly payment for the prior week’s benefit. If you have children, you may be eligible to receive an additional $25 per child per week up to a maximum of 1/2 of your weekly benefit amount.

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TCB September 6

I just retired out of the militray after 20 years. I live in CA and just filed unemployment in CA. I have been awarded 477 a week. I am a retired 03E must look for jobs, register for CALJOBS. I am unsure why some military folks who served 4 years honorably aren’t getting it.

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chris November 8

maximum weekly benefit amount in Ca is $450

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Andy (Author) November 8

And that is reflected in the table. Not sure how TCB is getting more than the maximum. Maybe some other allowances as part of military pay. Or getting additional dependent benefits.

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John September 1

Florida unemployment now is now down to only 12 Maximum weeks. The chart should be updated.

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Andy (Author) November 8

Thanks for letting me know. I have updated to 12 weeks (from 14 weeks in 2015, to 26 weeks before that). Also note in Florida, Unemployment Insurance was rebranded with the name Reemployment Assistance.

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Richard August 30

Stills said pending how long must i wait til change in status ,i now live in Virginia , just moved laid off in NH ,filed in NH ,open claim 8/20/2016

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Eric Maorin August 1

Unemployment Max benefit should be based on the location of the employer’s HOME OFFICE, especially when it is an international company with offices all over the map. The way it is set up now leads companies to open offices and opportunities, in the lowest paying states, like Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. In effect, paying out the lowest max rate in unemployment benefits, yet will have home offices in Connecticut, where is pays out one of most the highest max benefits. that should be illegal.

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Who Me January 18

You file where you work, not where the company is located.

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Yes you February 6

I’m sorry, this statement is not correct. I worked in North Carolina and the company was based in Florida. I was required to file a Florida claim in order to obtain benefits based on where their Federal Tax ID is registered.

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Renee B July 26

Employers have the ADVANTAGE now and they know and abuse it

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Leo June 26

Is there ct. Unemployment benefit extension in 2016?

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Andy (Author) July 19

unfortunately the federal UI program ended a few years ago so more funding for extensions

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starting over at this age??? June 8

Well i just found out about the $275/wk MAX that I SHOULD receive. Not sure if that is pre or post tax I worked for the company for ten years. $50,000 a year with benefits that brought my actual cost to over $60K per year . I cannot imagine the formula used to calculate this amount to be a fair compensation for wrongful termination. I decided not to take this to court and look at it as an act of God that I needed to move on to other things seeing this ludicrous number, I wonder if I did the right thing. However, this is an absolutely clear sign that it is time to leave my native birthplace and improve my quality of life in more than one way.

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Renee July 26

I understand what you mean even where the benefit is higher I was in the same wage area and I am getting offers to make $16 /17 per hour. Really to make the wages I made in the year 2000

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Renee July 26

I am 59 and it sucks to try to get anyone to look at hiring you!

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Ernist April 23

Working in stateI left my work in Pennsylvania after two years based on my own choice to accept an offer from Maryland. Then I was laid off in Maryland after 6 months. Before that I was lived and worked in Pennsylvania for two years. Can I fill the claim in any of Maryland or Pennsylvania? Pennsylvania gives 573$ compared to 430$ in Maryland but I worked only 6 months in Maryland. It was my choice to left the work in Pennsylvania but I lost my work in Maryland without any fault from my sides in the last 18 months

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Ernist April 23

Working in two states in the last 18 months

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Ernist April 23

I left my work in Pennsylvania after two years based on my own choice to accept an offer from Maryland. Then I was laid off in Maryland after 6 months. Before that I was lived and worked in Pennsylvania for two years. Can I fill the claim in any of Maryland or Pennsylvania? Pennsylvania gives 573$ compared to 430$ in Maryland but I worked only 6 months in Maryland. It was my choice to left the work in Pennsylvania but I lost my work in Maryland without any fault from my side

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Ira Geiger May 4

You can file in Pennsylvania, as long as you worked in Pennsylvania during the base period beginning January 2015. Tell Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor you want a combined wage claim between Maryland and Pennsylvania. I have a combined wage claim myself.

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James April 8

I am a resident of North Dakota and the Maximum Pre-Tax is $633. Please change your information to reflect the truth.

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Andy (Author) April 8

Thanks for the feedback. I have updated.

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Elle Smith January 18

Where can I find a list of Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefits by State…by year for the past 20 or so years?

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Andy (Author) January 18

You would have to go to the individual state websites…I am not sure of a central location for this data. Or would have to contact a data services provider (e.g bloomberg or related) that keeps this information. Would be expensive.

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tony November 21

So I was getting 199 a week on unemployment then worked at soc lost job got approved for 20 weeks of 292 a week but now out of weeks but still have 1872 dollars on account… can I still get unemployment benefits?

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Tk September 8

Texas just did their unemployment rate last week. But they always cut people off without notification when they do it..even though you’re eligible for 52 weeks n cut off people mid time or before n now you can’t even get through cause their phones are so busy.. People got bills..

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JE October 26

Texas unemployment, per their webpage, is 26 weeks. And, by the way for others reading this, their unemployment max payout is $465/week.

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Kevin December 27

Just started Texas unemployment. Getting $479 week for 52 weeks

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Norma June 23

Kevin would be curious to know how you managed to get 52 weeks and $479.00 a week. I am in Texas and got $435.00 week for only 26 weeks and they tell me I am done…….no more benefits to receive and this after 23 years for the same company. Go figure

Renee B July 26

Nope 26 weeks

Michelle K August 26

Ohio max is $424

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Andy (Author) September 12

Actually 424 is the max for someone with no dependents. The table above is the maximum amount regardless of # of dependents (I have clarified this). See details on the Ohio UIC website

0 Dependents Max = $424
1 or 2 Dependents Max = $514
3 + Dependents = $572 (this is the number I have)

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Paris August 18

I don’t understand how they expect us to work twice as hard for unemployment when we already did our hard earned labor to collect it. i.e., register online for the jobcenterofwisconsin.gov, oh and don’t forget that when u first sign up for UI you have to fax proof of employment papers stating why you were laid off or terminated, go online and apply for at least 4 jobs, at the end of the week fax papers to UI then Sunday call for your weekly claim. But what about the people who don’t have transportation, or isn’t close to a job center to do applications, who don’t have access to Internet or computers, etc. what about if that is the only income they’re waiting on to get so they can go and put gas in their cars or bus fare to get to the places they have to go. They don’t think, but yet they still try to make it hard for us to collect OUR FINANCES that we worked hard for.

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Steve July 1

You can thank your Legislature for being lap dogs of the Koch brothers for all that nonsense. We have the same garbage here in Florida (another Teabag Party Legislature enslaved to the Koch brothers). At least your benefits in Wisconsin aren’t maxed out at $275/week and can only collect for 12 weeks (like they do in Florida)! Or, at least not yet…. Give Pee Wee Walker a few more months and he’ll trash your State as badly as Skeletor the Medicare Fraudster did to Florida!

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Cindy August 4

I am livid! After 25 years of working and tolerating the infantile personalities of supposed leaders in management I worked interstate, only six miles from home. That state’s unemployment is $100 LESS per week than the state in which I reside.

I’m already going to have to do SOMETHING to survive but $400/month is a huge difference. Why I could actually keep my home!

These monthly rate differences are horrific!

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JE October 26

These are WEEKLY rates.

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Gary March 28

Cindy, If you work in 2 or more states you can file in either state. I think now you have to have worked in that state, but just a few years ago you could file on ANY state as long as you worked in 2 or more. I filed a claim on MA, am form OK, and only worked that year in CA, IL and MO. Check into it.

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Brad May 31

Here in Florida they have approved my unemployment claim and say they will pay me $232 a week. I have not seen a dime. They say there is something to be adjudicated although I have an approval letter. I try to call but I can never get through to a human so I can never get answers. The state now owes me $928. I don’t think I’ll ever see it. Slick Rick and his crew are balancing the budget on the backs of the poor. They keep the unemployment numbers looking good by ignoring the unemployed until they go away.

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Donna June 20

Join the discussion

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Donna June 20

I was approved in Florida also for $274 a week and it was one month and one week after losing my job that I finally received payment with back pay for all weeks claimed. You will get it since you have the approval letter. Sometimes that adjudication comes from them being backed up processing claims, then you will see your payments like clock work every two weeks after entering your job contacts . If you want to call them, Monday is not good, but Wednesday is perfect. Right at 7:00 am have that phone ringing and you will get in before the large call volume

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Michelle August 25

Unemployment claims have TWO approvals. 1) Monetary Approval to determine “how much” you will receive if your separation is determined in your favor. 2) Non-Monetary Approval, which states that your separation from your employment was due to no fault of your own and you will then begin receiving payment. The only separations that begin after 10 business days automatically are “Layoffs or Lack of Work”. All others that are considered “Discharges” must be adjudicated by a human being and therefore the process can take 4-6 weeks if the separation documentation provided by the employee and employer are conflicting. Hope this helps.

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Corey Byrd April 30

This just goes to show you how much our so called wonderful government cares about its people, they consistently give themselves raises, but we can’t get a raise on unemployment? 6 months of unemployment really isn’t much time to try an find a career for yourself, an now we have to pay health insurance out of the unemployment benifit we receive, forget the house payment 4 of us can live in my car til it’s repossessed, just as long as we have health insurance that won’t cover anything, wow wonder what kinda money the government gets for setting up this deal with the insurance companies, pretty clear those who r supposed to be helping this once great country are really only concerned with lining there own pockets, I just wanna say thanks to the government for not caring in the time of our need!!!! Don’t worry about me I’ll survive, now get out there an bomb some country for there oil!!!

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Steve July 1

Hope you don’t live in Florida. Not only do you max out the weekly benefit at $275, you can only collect for 12 weeks, thanks to the Teabag Party Legislature that’s enslaved to their beloved Koch Brothers)!! I hope Florida voters finally wake up and throw these clowns out of office!!

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Vera January 27

Funny, I just found that out. Couldn’t believe it, just 12 weeks and I’m now out of benefits. How do they expect people to survive, this is a crime. Florida sucks.

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Susen Trail April 5

If you figure a person in Wisconsin has worked for 17 years before losing their job, at an average pay of $50,000/year of which, between the employer and employee contribution of 7%/paycheck, the total monies paid into the employee’s unemployment insurance would be $59,500.

The maximum, the amount an employee in Wisconsin can receive is $9,620, or 16% of the monies paid into their unemployment insurance.

Imagine paying car insurance that only covered 16% of the cost of repairs or replacement of your vehicle? Or 16% of the repairs on the damage to the roof of your house.

Where did the nearly $50,000.00 go when the former employee needs it?

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Mike bell March 5

I don’t know how some of these states expect people to live if they lose their jobs. Michigan pays the same maximum they did 20 years ago. So if a guy makes $1100.00 a week he’s supposed to live on 362.00 pre tax. Auto insurance alone will kill you in Michigan. Everything has tripled and quadrupled in the past 20 years. I noticed that our wonderful state government has been consistently giving themselves “cost of living raises” and their paid by the taxpayers salaries have more than doubled in the same period of time.

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kitten May 8

Apparently here in FL I am expected to live on $74 a week. Yes, seventy four dollars…It would have been better to let them lay me off at full time than work all this past year and struggle with part time pay and use up savings to now face the prospect of getting laid off. What am I going to do? I am terrified. How awful a life must be to look at prisoners and think they have it better than you do.Why are the states with people that need unemployment the most, the states that have the lowest pay and lowest weeks? Besides the fact that the stupid people here vote republican and they are the ones that give out the most corporate welfare and screw over the people.

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Denise September 16

I agree Kitten…

It’s sad sad sad when the rich keep getting richer off the economically poor and the they keep getting poorer… The cost of living in FL is not that low for the unemployment rate to be amongst the low end of the sphere with other states. This is a very political state and a must know someone to get a job that pays a decent salary state. When you apply for over 100 management jobs and go on 10 interviews and have a masters degree and a professionally written resume showing your accomplishments as well as your experience to be in management and do not get a call back, but have spoken to individuals in the company or organization that is working and just got on with an associate degree doing something they have no skills for but their GOD mother works there and got them on then you know you are out of your league and need to find some connections or get out of Florida….

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friba July 28

Hi , I would like to know about if you don’t have any past experience job in united state. I am new immigrant in Portland I will get my benefit for 8 month s after that I must have to work but as I am interested to study here in college so I want the employment benefit that I can give my home rent and other personal expense till I will done with my college studies.after that I will look for job to get it. so I need your assistance in this regard . please send me that am I illegible for this unemployment benefit or not . if not is there any solution that I can effort my self to continue my studies in here .

Vic November 29

Lol is all you can do, try making 100k plus a year and going down to the MAX 250 a week. It wouldn’t even pay half of my rent…. screw Florida

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Renee B July 26

I’d like to know if there is an extension on 26 weeks in Texas. I got the $479 but am on week 16 and worry if I don’t find something soon. As for experienced workers I’ve basically done the same type jobs for 40 years. With 4 companies, always went to another job never out of work. Now they don’t want to pay for mature employees with experience!!

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AJones November 19

I just started drawing UI from TX. Benefit period is 52
Weeks, but payment is only made for 26 Weeks. I am receiving max benefit which is now $493.

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