Special Report

The Best And Worst States To Be Unemployed

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26. Pennsylvania
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 86.6% (14th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $352 (46.5% of avg. wage — 9th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +11.0% (23rd lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 7.4% (8th highest)

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27. Missouri
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 58.7% (10th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $245 (34.8% of avg. wage — 12th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +12.9% (20th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.1% (14th lowest)

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28. Rhode Island
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 79.3% (19th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $327 (40.9% of avg. wage — 24th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +12.1% (24th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 6.3% (17th highest)

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29. South Carolina
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 73.1% (24th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $246 (38.4% of avg. wage — 21st lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +8.5% (17th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 5.0% (24th highest)

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30. Mississippi
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 79.8% (17th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $187 (34.9% of avg. wage — 13th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +17.0% (11th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 6.2% (18th highest)