Special Report

The Best And Worst States To Be Unemployed

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11. Massachusetts
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 96.2% (7th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $409 (43.3% of avg. wage — 21st highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +22.9% (3rd highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 6.5% (14th highest)

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12. Kansas
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 67.3% (20th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $375 (42.5% of avg. wage — 24th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +12.1% (25th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 3.5% (7th lowest)

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13. North Dakota
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 76.6% (22nd highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $444 (50.3% of avg. wage — 3rd highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +3.1% (6th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.2% (15th lowest)

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14. Utah
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 55.8% (7th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $387 (44.5% of avg. wage — 17th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +9.0% (18th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 2.8% (4th lowest)

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15. Hawaii
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 95.9% (8th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $455 (55.0% of avg. wage — 2nd highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +19.4% (5th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 8.5% (the highest)

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