Special Report

The Best And Worst States To Be Unemployed

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31. West Virginia
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 68.7% (21st lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $272 (36.6% of avg. wage — 16th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +15.6% (13th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 5.8% (21st highest)

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32. Arkansas
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 63.0% (14th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $242 (37.8% of avg. wage — 20th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +5.5% (9th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.4% (18th lowest)

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33. Tennessee
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 56.6% (9th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $218 (32.7% of avg. wage — 6th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +17.9% (8th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 5.0% (24th highest)

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34. New York
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 104.1% (5th highest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $344 (33.9% of avg. wage — 7th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +17.4% (10th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 8.2% (3rd highest)

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35. Texas
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 66.5% (19th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $371 (42.5% of avg. wage — 24th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +12.4% (23rd highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 6.7% (11th highest)