How Generous Are Unemployment Benefits in Your State?

50. Mississippi

Oxford, Mississippi
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Maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefit: $235

It’s not easy to live on unemployment benefits alone in Mississippi. The state has the lowest maximum weekly benefit in the nation.

The Magnolia State has a relatively high unemployment rate. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data for July, Mississippi was one of only eight states with an unemployment rate (5.1%) significantly higher than the national average (3.7%). Alaska (6.3%) was the only state with a rate higher than Mississippi’s.

Need a silver lining? While Mississippi has the lowest maximum benefit of any state, it also has the lowest cost of living, according to state rankings by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

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