The Ten States With The Most Unemployed Losing Benefits (And Seven That Will Lose None)

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The Seven Best (in no particular order):

7) Alaska
Unemployment: 7.9%
No. residents losing insurance in December: 0
No. of weeks (unemployed residents may have): 46
Total population: 698,473

Alaska features one of the country’s few financially solvent unemployment insurance funds, with a balance of $257 million.  Additionally, it is one of three states that have employees contribute to the unemployment fund in addition to employers.  As of this November, employees have paid for 27% of benefit costs.

6) Connecticut:
Unemployment: 9.1%
No. residents losing insurance in December: 0
No. of weeks: 46
Total population: 3,518,288

While Connecticut’s unemployment is above 9%, the state has enough in its coffers to deal with long-term unemployment better than most. Like the other states on this list, Connecticut residents will not experience a loss of insurance as a result of a 20-week program that will extend benefits for at least an additional 20 weeks. This program will be half-funded by the federal government and half by the state.

5) Kansas
Unemployment: 6.7%
No. residents losing insurance in December: 0
No. of weeks: 39
Total population: 2,818,747

Although Kansas’ unemployment rate jumped slightly from September to October, the state’s fiscal planning has insured that no unemployed persons will lose their benefits this December.  The unemployment rate is currently 6.7%, up from last month’s 6.6%, but down from last year’s 6.8%.

4) Minnesota
Unemployment: 7.1%
No. residents losing insurance in December: 0
No. of weeks: 39
Total population: 5,266,214

Minnesota’s unemployment, which was at the national average of 8.5% in 2008, is now well below the current average of 9.6, with only 7.1% unemployed. Minnesotans are still at risk, however, as additional benefits provided by the state will only extend 13 additional weeks.

3) New Jersey
Unemployment: 9.2%
No. residents losing insurance in December: 0
Number of weeks: 46
Total population: 8,707,739

Since the recession began, approximately 120,000 New Jersey residents have exhausted all of their insurance, leaving them with no government-sponsored jobless benefits. Like all of the states, New Jersey’s roughly 400,000 existing claimants will see their benefits terms cut short unless Congress passes an extension to extend them. According to Kevin Smith, a state labor department spokesperson, while most of the current claimants will be able to collect a minimum of 20 more weeks, new claimants will receive 26 weeks under the state’s unemployment program. Financing the 20 weeks for residents all receiving benefits will be shared by the state and federal government.

2) North Carolina
Unemployment: 9.6%
No. residents losing insurance in December: 0
Number of weeks: 46
Total population: 9,380,884

North Carolina was one of 24/7 Wall St.’s ten states with consistently the worst unemployment rate for the first six months of this year. Since then, it has succeeded in slightly lowering its rate, which is now in the bottom third.

1) Washington
Unemployment: 9.1%
No. residents losing insurance in December: 0
Number of weeks:46
Total population: 6,664,195

Although Washington is one of only a few states where the residents will not lose coverage in December, that does not mean that they aren’t without problems.  According to the AP, a huge computer programming project has been underway to address the termination of federal emergency benefits.  While it was scheduled to end over Thanksgiving weekend, it lasted through Tuesday, November 29th.  This delayed processing the state’s weekly unemployment claims for two days.

Ashley Allen, Michael Sauter, Charles Stockdale, and Douglas A. McIntyre