Special Report

The Best And Worst States To Be Unemployed

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36. New Jersey
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 71.6% (24th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $409 (48.0% of avg. wage — 6th highest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +9.5% (21st lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 7.5% (7th highest)

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37. Colorado
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 59.9% (11th lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $402 (41.6% of avg. wage — 25th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +14.2% (15th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 6.4% (15th highest)

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38. Florida
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 44.9% (3rd lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $234 (34.2% of avg. wage — 9th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +16.1% (12th highest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.8% (23rd lowest)

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39. Virginia
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 69.8% (23rd lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $277 (34.6% of avg. wage — 11th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +3.4% (7th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 4.7% (21st lowest)

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40. Delaware
> Unemployed population receiving benefits: 69.7% (22nd lowest)
> Avg. weekly unemployment benefit: $251 (37.1% of avg. wage — 18th lowest)
> 1-yr. employment growth: +11.5% (25th lowest)
> April 2021 unemployment rate: 6.4% (15th highest)