Special Report

The Best And Worst States To Be Unemployed

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6. Oklahoma
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 71.6% (25th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $348 (49.3% of avg. wage — 4th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +12.8% (21st highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.3% (17th lowest)

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7. Nevada
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 87.9% (12th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $372 (45.5% of avg. wage — 14th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +35.9% (the highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 8.0% (6th highest)

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8. New Hampshire
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 66.2% (17th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $274 (36.2% of avg. wage — 14th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +19.2% (6th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 2.8% (4th lowest)

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9. Montana
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 80.8% (16th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $322 (46.7% of avg. wage — 8th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +7.1% (11th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 3.7% (9th lowest)

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10. Michigan
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 79.6% (18th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $308 (36.5% of avg. wage — 15th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +27.6% (2nd highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.9% (24th lowest)