Special Report

The Best And Worst States To Be Unemployed

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21. Kentucky
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 78.0% (20th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $306 (42.9% of avg. wage — 23rd highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +9.3% (19th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.7% (21st lowest)

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22. South Dakota
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 42.4% (the lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $322 (46.3% of avg. wage — 10th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +7.2% (13th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 2.8% (4th lowest)

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23. Indiana
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 63.5% (16th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $236 (32.7% of avg. wage — 6th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +19.6% (4th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 3.9% (12th lowest)

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24. Alabama
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 56.4% (8th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $242 (38.6% of avg. wage — 22nd lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +13.4% (18th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 3.6% (8th lowest)

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25. Washington
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 74.1% (23rd highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $488 (44.4% of avg. wage — 18th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +9.5% (20th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 5.5% (22nd highest)