Special Report

The Best And Worst States To Be Unemployed

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46. Illinois
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 66.4% (18th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $304 (34.0% of avg. wage — 8th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +13.5% (16th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 7.1% (10th highest)

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47. Alaska
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 87.6% (13th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $252 (26.8% of avg. wage — 2nd lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +7.4% (14th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 6.7% (11th highest)

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48. Louisiana
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 94.6% (10th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $188 (23.1% of avg. wage — the lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +8.3% (16th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 7.3% (9th highest)

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49. Connecticut
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 98.7% (6th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $312 (37.0% of avg. wage — 17th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: -4.1% (the lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 8.1% (5th highest)

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50. Arizona
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 47.1% (4th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $236 (31.4% of avg. wage — 3rd lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +10.5% (22nd lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 6.7% (11th highest)