How Much Does Unemployment Pay?

Unemployment pay is received on a week-to-week basis for people who have lost their job and qualify for this type of compensation. Each state in the U.S. has varying maximum and minimum amounts regarding unemployment benefits. For example, workers in Mississippi receive a maximum of $230 per week while Massachusetts pays a maximum benefit of $628. The average unemployment check in the United States is $293 [1].


Maximum Unemployment Pay by State

The below amounts reflect weekly payments given to a single unemployed person (as of February 2009), as some states will increase the maximum benefit amount for families with children:

Alabama ($255), Montana, ($407), Alaska ($370), Nebraska ($308), Arizona ($240), Nevada ($362), Arkansas ($409), New Hampshire ($427), California ($450), New Jersey ($584), Colorado ($475), New Mexico ($455), Connecticut ($519), New York ($405), Delaware ($330), North Carolina ($494), District of Columbia ($359), North Dakota ($385), Florida ($275), Ohio ($372), Georgia ($330), Oklahoma ($392), Hawaii ($545), Oregon ($482), Idaho ($362), Pennsylvania ($539), Illinois ($385), Rhode Island ($528), Indiana ($390), South Carolina ($326), Iowa ($443), South Dakota ($285), Kansas ($423), Tennessee ($275), Kentucky ($415), Texas ($378), Louisiana ($284), Utah ($444), Maine ($496), Vermont ($409), Maryland ($380), Virginia ($378), Massachusetts ($628), Washington ($541), Michigan ($365), West Virginia ($424), Minnesota ($566), Wisconsin ($363), Mississippi ($230), Wyoming ($387), and Missouri ($320).

Sources:
[1] http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/LearnToBudget/how-much-jobless-pay-would-you-get.aspx

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