Unemployment Insurance by State


The unemployment insurance (UI) helps people who have lost their jobs by temporarily replacing part of their wages.

The aim is to provide them with income support during a spell of unemployment — especially for single mothers who have little to fall back on when they lost their jobs.

The basic program provides up to 26 weeks of benefits to unemployed workers, replacing about half of their previous wages, on average.

Benefits offered to unemployed workers vary greatly from state to state — from $235 in Mississippi (the lowest for a state) to $742 in Massachusetts.

In some states, there are additional unemployment benefits for claimants with dependents.

For example, Massachusetts pays an additional allowance of $25 per week per child. In Rhode Island, you’ll get additional payment equal to 5% of the weekly benefit for each dependent.


To qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, you must:

  1. have lost a job through no fault of your own;
  2. be “able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work;” and
  3. have earned at least a certain amount of money during a “base period” prior to becoming unemployed.

Eligibility for unemployment insurance, benefit amounts and the length of time benefits are available are determined by state law and vary depending on where you live.

The following list provides a general overview of unemployment compensation benefits in each of the 50 states including District of Columbia.1

State Maximum Minimum Maximum Dependency
Alabama26$45$265
Alaska26$56$370$242
Arizona26$123$240
Arkansas25$81$451
California26$40$450
Colorado26$25$568
Connecticut26$15$613$153
Delaware26$20$330
District of Columbia26$50$425
Florida12$32$275
Georgia14$44$330
Hawaii26$5$551
Idaho21$72$410
Illinois25$51$449 – $6134
Indiana26$37$390
Iowa26$62$447 – $5485
Kansas16$118$474
Kentucky26$39$415
Louisiana26$10$247
Maine26$67$410$106
Maryland26$50$430$87
Massachusetts308$33$742$259
Michigan20$117$362$610
Minnesota26$25$683
Mississippi26$30$235
Missouri1311$35$320
Montana28$134$487
Nebraska26$70$392
Nevada26$16$407
New Hampshire26$32$427
New Jersey26$87$6777%12
New Mexico26$75$425$2513
New York26$68$430
North Carolina1311$15$350
North Dakota26$43$633
Ohio26$116$443 – $598
Oklahoma26$16$505
Oregon26$128$590
Pennsylvania26$70$573$814
Rhode Island26$41$5665%15
South Carolina20$42$326
South Dakota26$28$345
Tennessee 26$30$275$5016
Texas26$63$493
Utah26$26$496
Vermont26$58$458
Virginia26$60$378
Washington26$151$681
West Virginia26$24$424
Wisconsin26$54$370
Wyoming26$34$471

State unemployment benefit information is constantly changing so if you notice any discrepancies please do not hesitate to contact us.


  1. U.S. Dept of Labor, Comparison of State UI Laws
  2. In addition to your weekly benefit amount, a dependent allowance of $24 per dependent may be paid for up to three (3) dependents ($72).
  3. Under Connecticut’s UI law, total dependency allowances cannot be paid for more than five (5) dependents ($75) and may never exceed your weekly benefit rate.
  4. If you have a non-working spouse you can receive up to $535 per week or up to $613 per week if you have a child or children.
  5. Claimants may include up to four dependents on their UI benefit claim — up to the maximum of $548
  6. Additional $10 per dependent per week up to ½ of the weekly benefit amounts.
  7. You may be eligible for dependents’ allowance of $8 per dependent for up to 5 dependent children. However, the maximum weekly benefit amount, including any dependents’ allowance must not be more than $430 per week.
  8. Massachusetts provides up to 30 weeks of UI in the absence of a federal emergency unemployment compensation program.
  9. The amount of the dependency allowance is $25 per dependent child but no more than 50% of your weekly benefit rate. Spouses are not included.
  10. Additional $6 per dependent and is limited to five (5) dependents.
  11. CBPP, How Many Weeks of Unemployment Compensation Are Available?
  12. Dependency benefits are payable at 7% of your basic weekly benefit rate for your first dependent and at 4% for each of the next two dependents and is limited to three (3) dependents
  13. In New Mexico, dependent allowance is limited to an additional benefit of $25 per week payable for each dependent child under the age of 18 up to a maximum of two (2) dependents.
  14. You may receive an additional $5 weekly for a dependent spouse plus $3 weekly for one dependent child. If you have no dependent spouse, you can receive $5 weekly for one dependent child, plus $3 weekly for a second dependent child. In either case, the allowance for dependents cannot exceed $8 per week.
  15. The amount of dependency allowance is equal to the greater of $15 or 5% of your weekly benefit amount and is limited to five (5) children.
  16. Eligible claimants supporting minor children may receive an additional allowance of $15 per eligible child, up to a maximum of $50 per week