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2017 to 2018 Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefits By State

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.

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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
District of Columbia$425DC Dept. of Employment Services26
Dept. of Economic Opportunity
Georgia$330GA Department of Labor
Hawaii$551Hawaii Unemployment Insurance State Website26
Idaho$410Idaho Dept. of Labor26
Illinois$449 (Individual) to $613 (w/dependents)IL Unemployment Insurance State Website
Indiana$390Indiana Department of Workforce Development26
Iowa$447 (Individual) to $548 (w/dependents)Iowa Workforce Development
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
Missouri$320MO Department of Labor and Industrial Relations20
Montana$487MT Department of Labor and Industry26
Nebraska$392NE Department of Labor26
Nevada$427NV 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 Security12
North Dakota$633ND Job Service26
Ohio$435 (Individual) to $587 (w/dependents)Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services

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.

View Comments (126)

  • There used to be stated that would accept a claim even though no wages were earned in that state if you had wages from 2 or more states in the past year. Do any states still do that? If so, which ones?

  • I drawer all my weeks out of Pa and my claim doesn’t run out till Jan ,, can I file in a different state right now or do I have to wait till Jan ??

  • My company is based in TN and NY. I was hired out of NY. I work from home and live in FL. If i was to get laid off which state would i file in? NY or FL?

    • Normally it goes by what state you worked in. But check with your company and ask where they are paying the benefits in to be positive.

  • I am 49 and I've been working all of my life (since I was 14). Now that I actually need unemployment benefits, I'm only allowed $350 for a mere 12 weeks? This is just not right! And to the trolls or commenters that may state "just go get a job," it's not that easy when you're a middle age professional with years of experience and they want to pay small, entry-level wages. Heck, I would accept a lower wage, but I'm just not receiving any offers!

    • I am in the same boat as you Samantha! I have worked since I was 13 and am now 56. It's a travesty that this is all we get from a system we have put so much into over the course of our lives. It's really disheartening.

  • Hi I was laid off today. I made approximately 54k.
    Live and worked in MD. Do you know what the current weekly unemployment benefit would be?

  • I wish that you would include in this information how you can protest the maximum amount per state. Really it is ridiculous the difference from state to to state. There should not be so much of a difference. If this is a federal program, how is it right one states get more or less than other states. For those states that are getting below 400 i smell a crooked politician. If i am understanding this right, companies pay the same amount into unemployment insurance regardless of state. How are some states able to pay more? So if some states are getting less than others, where is this money going to? Some crooked politician? who is getting paid off with this extra money floating around. This needs to be brought to the attention of the public. we need some clear and open transparency about how this funding is taking place. The public needs a little more control of this issue.

    • Employers do not pay the same amount into Unemployment Insurance (UI) based on state. Multiple factors go into what an Employer will pay. Their Merit Rating, Charge Credits, Voluntary Contributions and Benefits paid. This will determine the tax rate assigned along with any uncontrollable factors which may come from each state individually.

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