Special Report

The Best And Worst States To Be Unemployed

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1. Vermont
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 134.5% (the highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $428 (58.0% of avg. wage — the highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +0.7% (2nd lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 2.9% (5th lowest)

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2. Georgia
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 120.9% (2nd highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $262 (39.9% of avg. wage — 23rd lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +13.4% (17th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.3% (17th lowest)

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3. Minnesota
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 107.8% (3rd highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $387 (46.0% of avg. wage — 11th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +5.8% (10th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.1% (14th lowest)

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4. Iowa
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 91.3% (11th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $367 (48.7% of avg. wage — 5th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +3.7% (8th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 3.8% (10th lowest)

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5. Maine
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 107.0% (4th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $323 (43.9% of avg. wage — 20th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +7.9% (15th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.8% (23rd lowest)