2020 to 2021 Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefits By State


This article was last updated on January 17

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 regular 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.

See the latest information on the Unemployment Benefits relief package (including the recent COVID relief extension) to tackle the record job losses from the pandemic. Most state UI agencies are paying out enhanced unemployment provisions (extended into 2021), like Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for self employed and independent contractors, extended state UI benefit coverage under PEUC and rolled out various supplemental payouts (like the recent $300 FPUC). Given the rapid increase in claims the processing of these benefits by many states and retroactive payments has been slow. So stay patient and persistent.

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StateMax. Weekly Benefit AmountState Unemployment InfoMax Weeks*
Alabama$275AL Unemployment Information26
Alaska$370 (Individual) up to $442 (w/dependents)AK Unemployment Insurance State Website26
Arizona$240AZ Department of Economic Security26
Arkansas$451Arkansas Division of Workforce Services20
California$450CA.gov EDD details26
Colorado$618CO Department of Labor and Employment26
Connecticut$649 (Individual) up to $724 (w/dependents)CT Department of Labor26
Delaware$400DE Division of Unemployment Insurance
District of Columbia$444DC Dept. of Employment Services26
Florida$275FL Dept. of Economic Opportunity Information12
Georgia$365GA Department of Labor Information
Hawaii$648HI Unemployment Insurance State Website26
Idaho$448ID Dept. of Labor20
Illinois$484 (Individual) up to $667 (w/dependents)IL Dept of Employment Security
Indiana$390IN Department of Workforce Development26
Iowa$481 (Individual) up to $591 (w/dependents)IA Workforce Development
Kansas$488KS Department of Labor16
Kentucky$552KY Career Center26
Louisiana$247LA Workforce Commission26
Maine$445 (Individual) up to $667 (w/dependents)ME Department of Labor26
Maryland$430MD Department of Labor (DLLR)26
Massachusetts$823 (Individual) up to $1,234 (w/dependents)MA Department of Unemployment Assistance26
Michigan$362 (w/dependents)MI UIA20
Minnesota$740MN Department of Employment and Economic Development26
Mississippi$235MS Department of Employment Security
Missouri$320MO Department of Labor and Industrial Relations13
Montana$552MT Department of Labor and Industry28
Nebraska$440NE Department of Labor26
Nevada$483NV Dept. of Employment, Training and Rehab26
New Hampshire$427NH Department of Employment Security26
New Jersey$713NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development Information26
New Mexico$511NM Department of Workforce Solutions 26
New York$504NY Dept. of Labor26
North Carolina$350NC Division of Employment Security12
North Dakota$618ND Job Service26
Ohio$480 (Individual) to $647 (w/dependents)OH Dept. of Job and Family Services
Oklahoma$539OK UI Home Page26
Oregon$648OR Employment Department26
Pennsylvania$572 (Individual) to $580 (w/dependents)PA Department of Labor & Industry26
Puerto Rico$190PR Department of Labor & HR26
Rhode Island$586 (Individual) to $867 (w/dependents)RI Dept. of Labor and Training26
South Carolina$326SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce20
South Dakota$414SD Department of Labor & Regulation26
Tennessee$275TN Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development26
Texas$535TX Workforce Commission26
Utah$580UT Dept. of Workforce Services26
Vermont$513VT Dept. of Labor26
Virginia$378VA Employment Commission26
Washington$790WA Employment Security Department26
West Virginia$424Workforce WV26
Wisconsin$370WI Dept. of Workforce Development26
Wyoming$508WY Unemployment Insurance Home Page26

Maximum Weekly Unemployment Insurance Benefit Amounts (WBA) by State (last updated October 2020)

*Maximum weeks is subject to prevailing state unemployment rates, so can fluctuate widely. This maximum also does not include the extended unemployed benefits available through PUA, PEUC and EB programs which can be seen in this article. I have listed the absolute maximum number of weeks and recommend you check the state UI site link to get the current maximum weeks when you apply for benefits. 

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 website for detailed rules and benefit calculation scenarios.

Steps to Filing and Getting Your Unemployment Claim Processed Quickly

  • Filing online via your state’s unemployment website (versus calling or by mail) as soon as possible after losing your job or pay cut is the fastest way to submit an unemployment claim. Particularly in today’s world where call centers are operating at reduced capacity. Regular and PUA unemployment will likely have different websites for filing your claim so make sure you file via the right unemployment portal. If you have issues with your claim you will have to likely contact your local State Unemployment Insurance agency. Just be prepared for this to take time.
  • Have details of your former jobs/employers (up to 24 months of history), personal (SSN, address) and banking information ready when filing the claim or talking to an agent at your state UI office. Make sure to give complete and correct information to minimize delays with your claim processing. It generally takes two to four weeks after you file your claim to receive your first first benefit check.
  • You can get paid by check, debit card or direct deposit. To get your payments in the fastest way go with direct deposit and ensure you have your correct and up to date bank routing and account numbers documented.
  • Certify on time (weekly or bi-weekly) to claim your benefits in order to get your unemployment check paid on schedule. One of the main reason people see disruptions is failing to file on time and with the required information. Further, with the new federal programs in place, the unemployment certification requirements could be more onerous so make sure you take time to review your weekly or bi-weekly certification requirements. If you miss several weeks of certification, you may have to file a new claim.

Your state unemployment website 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).

Will I have to pay taxes on my Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment insurance is taxable income and must be reported on your IRS federal income tax return. This includes the enhanced and extended benefits provided in 2020. 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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332 thoughts on “2020 to 2021 Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefits By State

  1. This is my second week of filing a claim in wv , my benefit amount is 257.00 so with the 600.00 passing when will that began showing on my benefits?

  2. I live in California. I was just on the phone with an unemployment representative because my payment was late for the first time ever. After discussing my payment I asked about the $600 a week increase.the representative said he didn’t know what I was talking about and he hadn’t heard anything about it. He still denied any knowledge of it when I brought up the fact that it’s on several places on their website. Will I be able to get the increase payments if I’m just on regular unemployment?

  3. Hey. Im new to Missouri I just wanna ask if I get pay weekly or bi weekly for unemployment check . Ty

  4. Delaware, my unemployment just ended in February, my last unemployment check was March. I did repply and would I be eligible for extended 13 weeks more and would it be $600 a week?

  5. My unemployment recently ran out in February my last unemployment check was in March for Delaware, I did reapply and I haven’t heard anything back yet, would I be eligible for that extended 13 weeks of more benefits?

  6. my UI benefits only last until May 9th 2020. Will they extended and increased to $600 as well?

    1. In Michigan,currently my benefits are only 362 every other week. this is only 730.00 per month. I have worked my whole life, and I am now 54, and my employers have paid into the funds. Who can live on this amount?

      1. Are you sure it’s not $362 a week (not every other week). Michigan’s max (per week) is $362.

  7. When NV benefits were exhausted during the 2nd week 3/9/20 of this crisis, and you can’t get through on the phones, how do you apply for the extended benefits? These additional benefits are mandated by the new CARE Act last week. Help! Rent is now due in a few days!

    1. Actually, just saw where it’s up to the state if they want to sign up for their residents to receive the $600, and the article I read said Ohio wasn’t doing it.

  8. I currently work but get unemployment due to hours cut. I work at Target in NC. If I don’t receive unemployment for a certain week fo I still get the extra 600 from the Coronavirus stimulus package?

  9. Question – I live in Arizona and have been unemployed for 12 weeks; now impossible to find a job; does anyone know if my current $240 benefit will increase for the remainder of my 26 week benefit period?


    1. Yes. Will increase once AZ updates policies and systems to make extra payouts. You should see the extra payment in a couple of weeks.

  10. I filed unemployment on 03/15/20 in NJ due to my office closing in regards to the covid-19 requirements.
    I claimed today and my benefit is still the same as it was before. Does anyone know when or if I will receive the increase ? It went off of previous years and I’m only receiving 170$ weekly as of now. I can’t find any info anywhere about NJ. Please if anyone knows anything reply back to me. Thank you in advance.

    1. Will be added in coming week or two, once the agencies and state department update their systems to make additional payouts

  11. instead of laying anyone off during the Covid 19 issue, our team has “volunteered” to take alternating weeks off without pay. fortunately, i have not officially lost my job as of now. however, I will not be receiving a paycheck every week either. will i be able to receive any sort of unemployment benefits in the state of Florida?

    1. Yes. If your total income on the new fortnightly schedule is lower than the UI benefit you may be eligible, especially with the additional $600 payment now in effect.

  12. Filing for unemployment due to covid19 layoffs, why are states looking at 2018-2019 employment rather than my current 2020 employment when considering my eligibility? I now have a different employer, in a different state, and a much different salary than back in the 2018-2019 time periods when I was in college, and COVD19 was not a reason for unemployment then?

    1. My issue is that now live in Texas working for a company, which we were all just laid off due to covid19. But during 2018-2019 time period I lived in Florida and was in college working 4 part-time jobs. I tried to apply for UI in Texas and they said because of the 2018-2019 criteria I had to apply in Florida. So I did, but I made so much less in Florida because this was 4 part-time jobs. Plus, Florida pays so much less than TX per week. I really cannot get any help from either state because their is so much of a backlog.

  13. Why do most of the SOUTHERN states have significant low amount for payout of benefits? In MS the state treasurer just busted 4 state administation individual for stealing TANF money in the millions. I believe they assume most people overlook MS because of its negative history and that allows people in power to get away with stealing for years.

    1. Thank you I am in Louisiana and $247 a week doesn’t even cover my groceries bill for a week.. it is crazy when I see some states at 500 to 800 a week.

  14. Nevada max weekly benefit amount is $469.00 as of 3/23 when I got my monetary award letter.

    1. Thanks updated. It’s been actually quite hard to find the maximum benefit allowed for NV on their website.

      1. Where were you able to find the amount published? I’m trying to find it as well andI can’t!

  15. Hi, I am looking to file unemployment in two different states. I currently live in Tennessee, but I made more money in California. It says to exhaust the state that I made more money in, but I read another article that says to file a claim in the state you reside in. So I am a little confused now to which one I should file in. Can someone help?

  16. Barney Fife, your math is only good on paper! Making 100,000 after taxes, health care, investing in your 401k will not net you anywhere close to 80,000! Then you have bills to pay, what about people who pay child support too? Someone get this guy a tutor in the game of Life!

  17. Anyone know what missouri is on unemployment amount due to covid-19. Just woundering if amounts have gone up

  18. Thank you for putting this together. It has been a valuable resource as I assist my employees throughout the country. Please note that the link to Wyoming UI page needs to be updated as it errors out with the one you have. Thank you.

  19. NJ is now 60% of earnings up to $713/week for 2020. It’s up to $855 if you earn while you collect and then they take a dollar for every dollar earned from the $855. If we didn’t have to pay income taxes we could do okay for average worker who makes under $75K.

      1. I worked 5 days a week at two different jobs in NY, earning around $110,000. Now due to the pandemic work has been reduced to only 2 days a week but still earn more than the NYS unemployment max of $504 per week.

        Anyone know, help for me?

        I have lost more than half of my earnings – (3/5). I am I eligible for unemployment or anything?

        Thank you.

      2. I live in Texas and I draw unemployment 454 every two weeks when will we see the increase

    1. I became unemployed on 03/03,/2020 would i meet the 2020 edd stimulus package is there a cut off date?

  20. Then again, if you make 100,000 a year, you should have been saving at least 20%. Could you not live on 80,000 a year? And don’t tell me you have a spouse and five kids you are supporting, because you didn’t have to get married and have 5 kids.

    1. I’m going to guess you don’t live in NYC or have any idea how much it costs to live there.

  21. I live and work in Pa at the same job for 21 years. I am unable to go to work because of COVID 19. I am paid commissions only but pay taxes from my paycheck, am I eligible for unemployment?

  22. Does anyone know if Maine increased their maximum benefit from $410/month? New legislation was just passed regarding unemployment benefits, but I can’t find any information regarding max benefits. Thanks

  23. If I am almost to the next qualifying quarter that would almost double my benefit from what it would be filling today… does the benefit increase when the next quarter date gets here? Our am I stuck at the benefit amount for filing today?

  24. Wow some can get up to 700-800$ ?? I get 318 in ga for only 14 wks I can’t even get them to extend for the 24wksas noted. This is bs. We used to get emergency funds now with the virus who can find a job? They still won’t give those extra few weeks…. I have the money in my monthly quarters it’s mine why can’t they pay it to us if it’s hours we work for our tax money it makes no sense to me when we’re out of work losing everything we have and we’re only limited to 14 weeks and still haven’t found a job why can’t we get the extension we deserve.. Uhhhhh any advice how do I get my extended weeks in in Ga. ?

  25. Hello if anyone could help me with this that would be great so I got laid off in February of 2019 ( I had worked from October 10th 2018 to feb 2019 I in Nebraska I filed my intial claim the day I got laid off and I received the maximum amount for 26 weeks it was 400$ ( a little higher ) I claimed it for 24 weeks and then I got hired in Minnesota in the end of July of 2019 and I worked for 3 months and made 11k after being laid off from Minnesota I really opened my claim and refined the test of the benefits from Nebraska it was only like 500$ or so so my first claim was 02/08/2019 and the period ended a year later 02/08/2020 I was told on the phone to open another initial claim the day after it ended which I did on 02/09/2020 and now am I waiting for my eligibility I was laid off from Minnesota so do you think that I will receive another 26 weeks of unemployment ( waiting for the claim to be answered I just did it yesterday but I made 14k in Nebraska from oct 2018 – dec 31 2018 and I made 7500 from Jan 1st 2019 in Nebraska and I got the max benefit until I got another job in Minnesota on July 28th 2019 and I made 11500 from July 28th until October 19th 2019 , I’m pretty sure I will get accepted because I got laid off from Nebraska and Minnesota , I’m just trying to understand the base periods did my first claim only use the 14k I made from oct 2018- dec 31 2018 and my new claim will use the 7500 I made in Nebraska from Jan 1st 2019 – feb 11th 2019 and also use the 11500 I made from July 2019 to October 2019? If anyone could help me understand if I have a good chance of getting another 26 weeks of benefits that would be very helpful and if you have any questions if I worded something wrong just ask thank you!

    1. I just got off the phone with MN Unemployment. I believe you will qualify for a MINIMUM of that $600/week (through July), plus half your weekly salary during your highest quarter earning during your base period (2019). If you’re paid on W-2 (vs 1099) this will all happen much more quickly for you. I’m mostly 1099, so will likely be waiting weeks/months before the money starts flowing, but will be back paid from date of application, 3 weeks ago.
      Good luck!

  26. I absolutely agree! like WTF is $275 a week! That’s a set up. I’m trying to move in the next year, this state is pure and utter Bullcrap!

  27. Whether one or two years filed by a claimant, employers pay UI on a quarterly, and year basis.l See income tax forms. consider one’s ownership to all years of benefits paid. Those items paid are to remain in the ownership of an employee, the same as pension benefits, F.I.C.A. have been withheld. Also, E.R.I.S.A., OASHDI, HIPPA, and Medicare payments remain in the ownership of the employee, and are to be transferred to an employee once retired.

  28. I’ve been collecting unemployment 14 weeks now. I’m in Michigan and I am a student where I got approved to not be available to work due to school, so I don’t have to report job applications. I have 6 weeks left of collecting. My question is can I apply for extension with my situation of being a student and being in Michigan? If so how do I go about it?

      1. In Nevada I qualify for $453/week its still 26 weeks but they obviously offer extensions and things like that. Also, how do they determine how much you receive of the additional $600?

        1. Based on when and how Nevada UI agency implements the federal 13 week extended support payments, you should see your weekly benefit rise by $600 to $953 per week.

  29. the people get the care they voted for

    elect crony crooks and that s what you get
    sick? no coverage
    unemployed? no coverage
    old? no retirement
    etc etc…

    YOU need to work
    the elite though … they deserve to live without working from birth (like kings) because of they are good (= wealthy) people…

  30. Based on all the comments I’ve read on this site, the unemployment rate is very high. However, we are being mislead being told the unemployment rate is at the lowest rate in over a decade. Seems like every ones name has been removed off the unemployment list without finding a job, due to age, being overqualified, no response from employer’s.

  31. I made 93k and my benefits are 561.00 with $8 for my 3 kids. The website says 50% of your pay- not even close. I never used benefits before and have been working since 16, I am now 42. My benefits are for 26 weeks.

  32. Reference Georgia @ 14 weeks benefits… With the way things are now with the Federal government being suspended and with talk of effecting foodstamps, Medicaid, and childcare by end of January 2019 or February 2019 and so many people that will not get their paychecks January 15, 2019 — jobs are hard to find through this transition why Georgia UCB is only for 14 weeks and most states are at 26 weeks.

    1. I know it’s not right. I live in Florida but work mostly in Georgia. Not only do I have to pay in to their state income tax and not even a resident of Georgia but I only get 14 weeks of unemployment when I get laid off. Everywhere else is minimum of 26 weeks.

  33. I understand that the State of Arizona is passing a bill to eliminate full unemployment compensation to only 4 weeks of compensation at $240 a week. Is this correct?

  34. Scott W.
    I’m sorry, but with the comments before yours, I just had to weigh in. As far as smelling a crooked politician, he’ll, throw a rock, and you’ll hit 10, but how exactly is it “not fair” that all states aren’t the same? That statement requires a good bit of ignorance about the complexities of real world economics.
    By your logic, the guy in Nebraska shouldn’t pay the $1,200 per year for his property taxes, but should instead be forced to pay the $11,000 I pay annually here in Pa.
    And the most obvious reason it’s different state by state, is…. well….. states are different!
    It’s NOT a federal program. Federal funds can be used when needed( extensions) etc… but I know it’s more expensive to live in New York, than where I am, so I understand why their maximum would be more. I’m not butthurt about it, cause that’s just jealousy at the end of the day.
    Don’t covet thy neighbors ass.

    1. Wow 11k a year. You need to get out of there unless your in an amazing house. That’s crazy.

  35. Earlier this year, I moved from my job in Iowa (where I had worked all of 2016/2017 and into 2018) over to Missouri (Apr-June 2018) and was laid off. I applied for benefits in MO, but was denied, as the wages aren’t “available” yet. I was told to apply in Iowa, did so, also listing my MO information (I thought the entire claim would remain in Iowa and they would just pull in MO wages, as they became available). Spoke with Iowa today – she stated, I’d be approved for benefits in Iowa, but my Iowa wages are being sent over to Missouri now.

    So, my question is — Iowa benefits $447 for 26 weeks, whereas, Missouri benefits $320 for 20 weeks. Since they are Iowa wages, by which states benefits will be received?

  36. 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.

    1. 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.

  37. 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?

  38. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. The employee does not put any money into the system. Employers pay the funds in.

        1. That’s bulletin do your homework if you can’t see that our government is the most crooked of all and powerfully all most three quarters of our tax money goes into government programs especially our military do we really need to be so powerfully while we have homeless and elder people who need real help this is the real crime wake-up america illegal aliens are killing our system as we sit by and watch it happen the construction trades are being over by these low wage shortcut people who have no business being here build the wall and enforce ice program take america back before it’s to late look at Miami and other illegal infested areas how long can we hide

    2. I hope you’re doing OK. I agree that such minimal compensation is a joke — a bad joke — and that it isn’t so easy to “get a job!” just like that. I hope you vote for Democrats and not GOPs, because Dems are the ones who stand up for workers’ rights and for a decent safety net when people are out of work. (By the way, the Dems are also the party of fiscal responsibility — it’s the GOPs who spend surpluses and run up new deficits.) Good luck to you.

      1. I remember when unions were strong,the middle class was large,homeless was rare, manufacturing of durable was everywhere, America was great. What happened? I will tell you, our elected officials stole,lied,took care of their own and sold us out. With the debt being what it’s I am glad I am 60 yrs old and won’t be around to see China take over America’s spot. All Washington does is investigate Trump relationship with the Russians while the debt Rob’s our children’s future.

      2. Dems are the one’s who want to spend money providing “free” healthcare, education, ect. How is that fiscally responsible? Democrats support Big Government and Republicans are the party of smaller government. I can understand why low income earners would support dems bc they get all the help (medicaid, foodstamps, housing vouchers, ect) but it’s the middle and upper class footing the bill. I always thought UI paid 66% of your income, but with the insanely low caps on it, that’s a joke. It ridiculous and something certainly should be done, but saying dems are the party of fiscal responsibility is just as crazy. Democrats want to keep people on the public dole and under their control. At the very least, the traditional underlying platform for the Republican party is to reduce the reach of the federal government which implies some level of fiscal responsibility.

        1. If Republicans were so much into “small Government,” then why are they ALWAYS in people’s business? Who they can marry, if pregnant, must have the baby, Shoving Christianity down everyone’s throats, etc…

    1. I have a son 28 who follows the man made rules works for a greedy co. In which pays him enough to survive not be able to purchase a house or think about raising a family it’s sad to think the younger generation is being held down with little opportunity a lot of grown children have to stay at home in order to make ends meet as jobs disappear due to technology and downsizing we need to open our eyes and grow some balls and take back what is ours and fast support the next generation don’t turn your back we have a government who does a good job of that

  39. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. You can file from any state you worked in they’ll do a combined wages from all the other state that you work at to get your maximum amount of money

      1. update to $504 Effective the first Monday of October 2019 the maximum benefit rate for NY increases from $450 to $504. The maximum rate is expected to increase each year until 2026, when it is expected to be set at 50% of the state’s average weekly wage. The minimum benefit rate of $100 will increase to $104 as of January 1, 2020.

  40. 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 ??

  41. 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?

  42. In the State of North Carolina, unemployment is only for 12 weeks, not 5-20. Please delete the “to 20 weeks”. After I called and spoke with a NC UI employee, they confirmed it is only 12 weeks, and that is the max which is awful compared to our other states.

  43. In the State of Georgia, unemployment is only for 14 weeks, not 14-20. Please delete the “to 20 weeks”.
    I have been employed in the unemployment division for 14 years.

  44. In Pennsylvania you can not draw UI benefits if you draw any other retirement , other than SS. It is based on the amount of “other retirement you receive” When I worked in Pa, I had UI deducted from my check. Are there other States which follow this rule also and who are those States, it is difficult to locate this on their web pages?

    1. UI is not paid by the employee, so it was not deducted from your check. UI is money kept in a reserve with the government and it is paid for by your employer. Social security, however is your money.
      The reason you cannot get UI with retirement is because retirement is “quitting” a job. If the job is available to you, keep it. If you retire, you quit. The other reason is because your weekly wages are more than the weekly unemployment benefit. If you work for a company 30 years, like Sears and they announce that they are going out of business, you may be able to get unemployment first, then apply for your retirement b/c you were being laid off anyway. If you quit or retire before the layoff date, you won’t qualify.

      1. In Pennsylvania employees certainly do pay into the system. Employees .07% of their wages into the system. It is one of three states where employees also pay into the system (I think it was Alaska and New Jersey were the other two). Employers definitely pay much more than employees, but employees do pay something in some states.

  45. Pennsylvania does not allow an employee who draws any type of retirement other than SS to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits, based on amount of other retirement you receive, even though when I worked there I was charged UI taxes. What other States in the US are this way? It is impossible to determine by reading their individual sites, someone mush have this info.?

  46. I have about 3 weeks left of my Illinois unemployment benefits.
    I am still searching for work, when and how do I file for an extension of benefits
    Thank you

    1. Extensions stopped Dec.2013. There is no extension in any state. Additionally, you cannot file another claim until one year from the date when you first filed.

    1. IA’s maximum unemployment benefit for a single without dependents is $447. You are receiving $385 because your wages are not sufficient to support a higher weekly benefit.

  47. just got out from the military. Just need to know if veterans can claim unemployment from any state since we move so much.

    1. Thanks for your service. Per the last part 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.” Suggest you contact your local states unemployment office (links above to each State’s UI website)

      1. You must have an address in a state to file and you can only file in ONE state. You can’t collect benefits in every state. A claim stays in the system for one year.

        1. You don’t need to have an address in the state to apply there. You only need to have worked there. I travel for work as an electrician and have my choice among the dates I’ve worked in a year, none of which I have had any address in.

  48. It’s appalling that unemployment benefits in Puerto Rico are just 42 to 133.00 a month while all the other states give much more. Who can live on that? This country just fleeces the Puerto Rican people decade after decade. Shame on this country and its stupid racist Congress

    1. It probably has a lot to do with the cost of living, average wage, and number of employed/unemployed. These are set state by state, not by congress. Puerto Rico’s duly (and repeatedly) elected liberal/democrat government is spending itself into oblivion, and creating these unemployment compensation benefits. Puerto Rico has nobody else to blame, racist or otherwise, but itself.

    2. What’s appalling is the level of ignorance , racism , and foolishness that comes forth from your post. Take some time to use the device to research your unemployment benefits come from and you will learn that the Federal Government doesn’t determine your rates. Your local government does. And the money comes from locally collected taxes from your fellow man and women.

      1. Unless its changed, actually the money is in an account that is each year allotted from the feds based on need.

  49. Which state do I apply for if I work in DC as a contractor but live in VA and the company is HQ in VA

  50. Writing a paper where I’d like to use the statistics in this graph. Did you reference any single site to pull this data?

  51. i have a friend facing being tempoarally laid off from his job in Michigan he is single and makes $1500.00 a week what will he be able to get being laid off?

  52. Can you please confirm what the maximum weekly benefit amount for the State of Delaware is Currently in March, 2017? Thank you

  53. 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.

    1. 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.

        1. Just get and keep a job? Did we all just wrap to a different time while driving at a high rate of speed, in reverse, in a delorean?

    2. Florida is a cesspool NJ $677 per week MA $742 per week…welcome to civilization…yeah the sunshine the beaches blah blah blah, Flori-duh…perhaps a place to visit…not live

    3. You want to know what else is crazy about Florida? The maximum amount hasn’t changed in decades. Zero cost of living increase since I used it over 20 years ago.

    4. Don’t feel to bad Lois. Amazing enough our Gov Doug Ducey in Arizona just signed a bill regulating a maximum of 4 weeks of unemployment compensation at $240 weekly. Since the Unemployment is down in Arizona to 4.3 %, this means you can go out and get a job no matter what kind of job. Also in the hiring the employer should pay 20% above $240 which is $288 a week. Makes a lot of sense here in Arizona doesn’t it???

  54. 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

    1. 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.

  55. 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

    1. 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.

  56. 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

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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)

    2. You have to file where you were employed; where the Company you reported to was- Mississippi.
      TN will look at what you made in TN in the last 4 – 6 (or however many) quarters of years and tell you after an hour if you are at their office or after days (or waiting weeks to get denied if you apply online) that you can’t get money out of them if you haven’t been paying in to their system.

  60. 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.

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

      1. 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.

  61. 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?

    1. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

      1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  65. 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

  66. 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.

      1. 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.

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

  67. 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.

    1. 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

  68. 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

  69. 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

    1. 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.

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

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

    1. 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.

  72. 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?

  73. 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..

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

        1. 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

        2. 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!!

        3. 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.

    1. 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)

  74. 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.

    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!

  75. 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!

    1. 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.

  76. 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.

    1. 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

    2. 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.

  77. 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!!!

    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!!

      1. 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.

  78. 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?

    1. Susen,
      Unemployment taxes are not collected on an employees entire yearly wage.
      There is a maximum wage base that varies by state, and taxes are not paid above that limit.
      Wisconsin’s maximum wage base is $14,000 for 2017, so only the first $14,000 of each employees wages are taxed. If WI is like most states, the wage base has risen over the last decade, and most likely prior to that the base was much lower – $6,000 used to be a good average.
      This is all payable they the employer.
      Most always when the employee has a deduction from their check, it is because the state has had to borrow from the federal unemployment fund and this is to help pay it back. Once their account has been cleared, the employee deductions should cease.
      I know this information doesn’t help make ends meet, but might make it easier knowing there isn’t as much difference as you were thinking between what was paid in vs what you could receive.

  79. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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….

        1. 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 .

      2. 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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