Special Report

The Best And Worst States To Be Unemployed

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16. Idaho
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 47.6% (5th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $320 (45.8% of avg. wage — 13th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +12.5% (22nd highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 3.1% (6th lowest)

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17. Wisconsin
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 76.8% (21st highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $306 (37.4% of avg. wage — 19th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +13.3% (19th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 3.9% (12th lowest)

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18. Ohio
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 61.1% (12th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $330 (43.3% of avg. wage — 21st highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +18.6% (7th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.7% (21st lowest)

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19. Oregon
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 84.0% (15th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $368 (45.9% of avg. wage — 12th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +14.3% (14th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 6.0% (20th highest)

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20. Nebraska
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 61.3% (13th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $305 (45.0% of avg. wage — 15th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +1.7% (3rd lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 2.8% (4th lowest)