Special Report

The Best And Worst States To Be Unemployed

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41. North Carolina
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 44.0% (2nd lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $234 (32.1% of avg. wage — 4th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +17.4% (9th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 5.0% (24th highest)

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42. Maryland
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 63.1% (15th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $320 (44.3% of avg. wage — 19th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +2.6% (5th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 6.2% (18th highest)

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43. Wyoming
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 50.3% (6th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $418 (44.7% of avg. wage — 16th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +1.9% (4th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 5.4% (23rd highest)

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44. New Mexico
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 72.0% (25th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $318 (47.5% of avg. wage — 7th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +7.2% (12th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 8.2% (3rd highest)

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45. California
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 95.6% (9th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $308 (34.3% of avg. wage — 10th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +11.2% (24th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 8.3% (2nd highest)