How much unemployment will you get? A state by state guide to benefits and resources

How much unemployment will you get? A state by state guide to benefits and resources

Chris Wojcik
Chris Wojcik
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If you are one of the 38.6 Americans who lost their jobs during the Coronavirus outbreak, you may be wondering just how much money you’ll be getting each week if and when your unemployment claim is approved. 

 

We put together this state-by-state guide to show you the weekly minimum and maximum benefits you can get through your state’s unemployment assistance program.

 

Note that these numbers do not include the $600 per week you may get through the Federal government’s stimulus package for the unemployed, officially called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

 

That program is designed to help workers who don’t qualify for traditional unemployment benefits, such as gig workers, independent contractors, and self-employed people. 

 

Whether you get unemployment income from your state or the federal government, you must apply through your state’s unemployment office, which we’ve linked to below. The US Department of Labor also sponsors a website with a list of the online filing options for every state.  To start filing a claim through this tool, choose your state from the drop-down menu and look for the link under the section titled "To file a UI claim online."

 

The weekly minimum and maximum benefits listed here do not include the $600 you may receive if you qualify for a PUA.

 

State

Minimum Benefit

Maxium Benefit

Maximum Duration

Link to state Resources

Alabama

$45

$275

20 weeks

https://labor.alabama.gov/

   

Alaska

$56

$370

26 weeks

https://labor.alaska.gov/

   

Arizona

$119

$240

16 weeks

https://des.az.gov/

   

Arkansas

$81

$451

16 weeks

https://www.dws.arkansas.gov/ 

 

California

$40

$450

26 weeks

https://edd.ca.gov/

   

Colorado

$25

$618

26 weeks

https://www.colorado.gov/cdle

   

Connecticut

$15

$649

26 weeks

https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/

   

Delaware

$20

$400

26 weeks

https://ui.delawareworks.com/

   

District of Columbia

$50

$444

26 weeks

https://does.optimumui.com/#!/login

 

Florida

$32

$275

12 weeks

https://floridajobs.org/

   

Georgia

$55

$365

14 weeks

https://dol.georgia.gov/

   

Hawaii

$5

$648

26 weeks

https://labor.hawaii.gov/

   

Idaho

$72

$448

21 weeks

https://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn

   

Illinois

$51

$484

26 weeks

https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/default.aspx

 

Indiana

$37

$390

26 weeks

https://www.in.gov/core/

   

Iowa

$72

$481

26 weeks

https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/

 

Kansas

$122

$488

16-26 weeks

https://www.getkansasbenefits.gov/Home.aspx

 

Kentucky

$39

$552

26 weeks

https://uiclaims.des.ky.gov/ebenefit/eben.htm

 

Louisiana

$10

$247

26 weeks

http://www.laworks.net/

   

Maine

$77

$445

26 weeks

https://reemployme.maine.gov/accessme/faces/login/login.xhtml

 

Maryland

$50

$430

26 weeks

https://beacon.labor.maryland.gov/beacon/claimant-page.html

 

Massachusetts

$98

$823

30 weeks*

https://uionline.detma.org/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX

 

Michigan

$150

$362

20 weeks

https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_97241---,00.html

Minnesota

$28

$740

26 weeks

https://www1.uimn.org/ui_applicant/applicant/login.do

 

Mississippi

$30

$235

26 weeks

https://accessms.mdes.ms.gov/accessms/faces/login/login.xhtml

 

Missouri

$35

$320

20 weeks

https://uinteract.labor.mo.gov/benefits/home.do

 

Montana

$163

$552

28 weeks

https://montanaworks.gov/Job-Seeker-UI-Claimant

 

Nebraska

$70

$440

26 weeks

https://neworks.nebraska.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx

 

Nevada

$16

$469

26 weeks

https://secure.ui.nv.gov/CSSReg/CSSCreateAccount.htm

 

New Hampshire

$32

$427

26 weeks

https://wfc.nhes.nh.gov/auth/sso/login?execution=e3s1

 

New Jersey

$120

$713

26 weeks

https://myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/

 

New Mexico

$86

$461

26 weeks

https://www.jobs.state.nm.us/vosnet/Default.aspx

 

New York

$104

$504

26 weeks

https://www.ny.gov/services/unemployment-0

 

North Carolina

$15

$350

20 weeks

https://fed.des.nc.gov/ofis/citizen/pages/public/SelfRegStart.aspx

 

North Dakota

$43

$618

26 weeks

https://www.jobsnd.com/unemployment-individuals/file-claim

 

Ohio

$134

$480

26 weeks

https://unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov/

 

Oklahoma

$16

$539

26 weeks

https://oesc.ok.gov/

   

Oregon

$151

$648

26 weeks

https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Unemployment/Pages/default.aspx

Pennsylvania

$68

$572

26 weeks

https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/default.aspx

Rhode Island

$53

$586

26 weeks

http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ui/fileclaim2.htm

 

South Carolina

$42

$326

20 weeks

https://dew.sc.gov/individuals/apply-for-benefits/claims-process

 

South Dakota

$28

$414

26 weeks

https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/individuals/default.aspx

 

Tennessee

$30

$275

26 weeks

https://www.tn.gov/workforce/unemployment/apply-for-benefits-redirect-2/online-application.html

Texas

$69

$521

26 weeks

https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services#applyForBenefits

Utah

N/A**

$580

26 weeks

https://jobs.utah.gov/ui/index.html

 

Vermont

N/A**

$513

26 weeks

https://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance/ui-claimants/establishing-unemployment-claim

Virginia

$60

$378

26 weeks

https://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed/online-services/apply-for-unemployment-benefits

Washington

$188

$790

26 weeks

https://secure.esd.wa.gov/home/

 

West Virginia

$24

$424

26 weeks

https://uc.workforcewv.org/Consumer/?lang=en

 

Wisconsin

$54

$370

26 weeks

https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply/

 

Wyoming

$36

$508

26 weeks

https://wyui.wyo.gov/benefits/home.do

 
Vermont $191 $513 26 weeks https://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance

Utah:

***

$496

26 weeks

https://jobs.utah.gov/ui/jobseeker/claimguide.html

   
 

*may be reduced to 26 weeks if unemployment hits a certain low

** if there is no standard minimum, use your state’s benefits calculator

 

Photo by 1820796 from Pixabay 

 

This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.

 
Chris Wojcik

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