A state-by-state look at unemployment benefits

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Posted: Feb 28, 2016 3:51 PM

Some states have been cutting back on the benefits offered to unemployed workers. Since the end of the recession, eight states have reduced the duration that people can receive benefits below the traditional length of 26 weeks. Others have reduced the amount of money people can receive or tightened eligibility.

A state-by-state look at the maximum duration of benefits for people who file initial claims after Jan. 1, 2016, the number of people who received benefits in 2015, the total amount of benefits paid and the percent of the unemployed who received benefits in 2015:

State Maximum Weeks of Benefits 2016 People Receiving Benefits 2015 Benefits Paid 2015 Percent of Unemployed Receiving Benefits
Alabama 26 101,557 $204,977,602 18.2 percent
Alaska 26 41,821 $123,460,581 36.6 percent
Arizona 26 115,804 $290,381,061 16.9 percent
Arkansas 20 89,121 $240,518,410 30.5 percent
California 26 1,481,339 $5,456,325,870 32.5 percent
Colorado 26 129,734 $535,969,686 26.5 percent
Connecticut 26 184,853 $712,468,042 39.1 percent
Delaware 26 26,437 $78,543,180 31.5 percent
District of Columbia 26 32,290 $117,139,477 15.0 percent
Florida 12 269,764 $518,071,340 12.0 percent
Georgia 14 242,935 $420,882,157 13.9 percent
Hawaii 26 34,456 $157,488,120 30.5 percent
Idaho 26 47,910 $104,107,846 27.6 percent
Illinois 26 491,362 $1,861,952,303 31.0 percent
Indiana 26 137,070 $350,574,333 17.6 percent
Iowa 26 134,661 $422,378,794 36.3 percent
Kansas 16 85,404 $261,732,832 24.9 percent
Kentucky 26 96,534 $339,150,250 23.2 percent
Louisiana 26 79,661 $204,389,699 16.7 percent
Maine 26 45,308 $117,992,637 29.0 percent
Maryland 26 167,668 $574,118,089 26.2 percent
Massachusetts 30 301,394 $1,524,059,653 42.5 percent
Michigan 20 361,114 $826,572,215 26.2 percent
Minnesota 26 200,247 $779,169,999 40.6 percent
Mississippi 26 55,390 $102,871,141 17.3 percent
Missouri 13 173,056 $337,601,309 21.6 percent
Montana 28 39,564 $108,636,802 38.9 percent
Nebraska 26 36,571 $86,814,131 25.7 percent
Nevada 26 99,930 $359,603,389 27.4 percent
New Hampshire 26 26,808 $67,636,762 19.5 percent
New Jersey 26 446,526 $2,089,483,818 41.8 percent
New Mexico 26 49,057 $189,277,313 21.8 percent
New York 26 715,553 $2,426,793,648 34.2 percent
North Carolina 13 155,305 $282,968,604 12.8 percent
North Dakota 26 34,332 $170,402,575 37.5 percent
Ohio 26 299,452 $977,451,509 23.5 percent
Oklahoma 26 78,332 $344,855,622 26.8 percent
Oregon 26 148,441 $524,116,736 30.4 percent
Pennsylvania 26 601,762 $2,262,784,886 43.2 percent
Rhode Island 26 48,869 $160,437,411 32.9 percent
South Carolina 20 86,055 $156,610,923 12.7 percent
South Dakota 26 10,069 $25,574,891 13.0 percent
Tennessee 26 133,539 $279,141,953 14.8 percent
Texas 26 646,062 $2,847,508,360 28.2 percent
Utah 26 54,961 $174,427,517 21.2 percent
Vermont 26 25,362 $73,059,734 38.7 percent
Virginia 26 130,514 $405,356,456 15.2 percent
Washington 26 252,331 $1,009,052,759 27.6 percent
West Virginia 26 71,666 $228,311,949 29.6 percent
Wisconsin 26 244,956 $584,994,842 36.1 percent
Wyoming 26 21,133 $94,019,099 32.2 percent

Source: Information about the number and percent of people receiving benefits and the total benefits paid was prepared for The Associated Press by the Division of Fiscal and Actuarial Services in the Office of Unemployment Insurance of the U.S. Department of Labor.