How Generous Are Unemployment Benefits in Your State?

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Losing one’s job is stressful on many levels, but the state you live in can influence that stress.

Unemployment payments vary greatly from state to state, with the most generous state paying out more than three times the maximum weekly benefits of the stingiest state.

States also differ as to the maximum number of weeks an unemployed person may receive payments — again, by a wide margin. Massachusetts offers up to 30 weeks of payments, the most of any state. But lose your job in North Carolina or Florida, and you’d better have a new one after 12 weeks, the maximum time allowed for unemployment benefits.

Cost information website Howmuch.net created a visualization showing how unemployment benefits differ from state to state. It uses data from state departments of labor and the U.S. Department of Labor’s database.

We broke out the rankings by state, beginning with the least generous state and ending with the state offering the highest maximum weekly unemployment benefit.

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