States with jobless rates of 8.5 percent and above

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Posted: Nov 06, 2009 5:11 AM

Legislation President Barack Obama is set to sign Friday would extend unemployment insurance benefits by 14 weeks for jobless people in all states who have exhausted their benefits. The jobless living in 27 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, that have unemployment rates of 8.5 percent or higher would receive an additional six weeks. States receiving the additional benefits:

_Alabama

_Arizona

_California

_Florida

_Georgia

_Idaho

_Illinois

_Indiana

_Kentucky

_Maine

_Massachusetts

_Michigan

_Mississippi

_Missouri

_Nevada

_New Jersey

_North Carolina

_New York

_Ohio

_Oregon

_Pennsylvania

_Rhode Island

_South Carolina

_Tennessee

_Washington

_Wisconsin

_West Virginia