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Data: How states compare

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 

Thanks to several rounds of federal extensions, many states offer up to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits. But not all. The extensions are pegged to the level of unemployment, so states where employment is relatively high offer less long-term support.

But all the federal extensions are slated to expire in 2012, so unless Congress takes action, unemployed Americans will be abruptly bumped back to their state’s basic benefits come next year. Read more

State Weeks allowed Unemployment rate, April 2011
Alabama 99 9.3
Alaska 73 7.3
Arizona 79 9.3
Arkansas 73 7.7
California 99 11.9
Colorado 99 8.8
Connecticut 99 9.1
Delaware 99 8.2
Florida 99 10.8
Georgia 99 9.9
Hawaii   6.1
Idaho 99 9.6
Illinois 99 8.7
Indiana 99 8.2
Iowa 112 6.0
Kansas 86 6.7
Kentucky 99 10.0
Louisiana 73 8.1
Maine 86 7.6
Maryland 86 6.8
Massachusetts 93 7.8
Michigan 99 10.2
Minnesota 86 6.5
Mississippi 79 10.4
Missouri 93 8.9
Montana 75 7.3
Nebraska 60 4.2
Nevada 99 12.5
New Hampshire 60 4.9
New Jersey 99 9.3
New Mexico 99 7.6
North Carolina 79 9.7
North Dakota 60 3.3
Ohio 99 8.6
Oklahoma 60 5.6
Oregon 99 9.6
Pennsylvania 73 7.5
Rhode Island 99 10.9
South Carolina 99 9.8
South Dakota 60 4.9
Tennessee 99 9.6
Texas 93 8.0
Utah 72 7.4
Vermont 73 5.3
Virginia 83 6.1
Washington 99 9.1
West Virginia 99 8.8
Wisconsin 73 7.3
Wyoming 73 6.0
New York 93 7.9
District of Columbia 99 9.6

Sources: NOARK, Enrolled House Bill No. 4408, Florida Senate

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