Maximum Weekly Unemployment Insurance Benefits By State

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All figures are as of May 20, 2015, sources are available upon request. 

Listed below are maximum weekly unemployment benefits available in each state. I recommend you check with your local and state unemployment office as processes, amounts and filing specifics tend to change.  Weekly unemployment benefits provide displaced workers an opportunity to stay afloat while looking for a new place to work. Maximum weekly state unemployment benefits vary from state to state and the procedures for filing unemployment benefit claims also vary. It’s important that you keep detailed records of the date you filed, any work documentation you have, and you must be present for the unemployment hearing in order to be granted unemployment benefits. Often employees who voluntarily left their employment can be eligible for unemployment benefits which is why documentation and attending the hearing are so important. Those who were involuntarily terminated, laid off or fired for their jobs can be eligible for unemployment. I can’t stress enough that in order to be awarded weekly unemployment benefits, you must attend the hearing whether it is by phone or in person.

unemployment insurance by month

Most states offer 26 weeks of unemployment benefits compensation. There are currently 7 states that provide UI benefits of fewer than 26 weeks and two that provide more than the starndard 26 weeks. Those states and the duration of their state-specific unemployment benefit programs are listed below:

  • Montana (28 weeks)
  • Massachusetts (30 weeks)
  • Arkansas (20 weeks)
  • Missouri (20 weeks)
  • Michigan (20 weeks)
  • South Carolina (20 weeks)
  • Georgia (14 weeks)
  • North Carolina (13 weeks)
  • Florida (12 weeks)

Questions About Unemployment Benefits

I’m happy to answer any questions you have on unemployment claims and benefits so you are welcome to leave a comment below. In addition to the weekly unemployment benefits list, you can access our resources on maintaining or filing your unemployment when relocating or about the unemployment benefits process for HR and companies.

Unemployment Weekly Benefits by State

Alabama – $265
Alaska – $470
Arizona – $240
Arkansas – $451
California – $450
Colorado – $484
Connecticut – $594
Delaware – $330
District of Columbia – $359
Florida – $275
Georgia – $330
Hawaii – $551
Idaho – $398
Illinois – $426
Indiana – $390
Iowa – $511
Kansas – $420
Kentucky – $415
Louisiana – $247
Maine – $386
Maryland – $410
Massachusetts – $698
Michigan – $362
Minnesota – $640
Mississippi – $235
Missouri – $320
Montana – $464
Nebraska – $362
Nevada – $407
New Hampshire – $427
New Jersey – $646
New Mexico – $397
New York – $405
North Carolina – $350
North Dakota – $470
Ohio – $564
Oklahoma – $490
Oregon – $549
Pennsylvania – $573
Puerto Rico – $133
Rhode Island – $566
South Carolina – $326
South Dakota – $295
Tennessee – $275
Texas – $465
Utah – $496
Vermont – $436
Virginia – $378
Virgin Islands – $477
Washington – $637
West Virginia – $424
Wisconsin – $370
Wyoming – $471

All figures are as of May 20, 2015, sources are available upon request. 

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  1. Are you sure Mass. has a maximun benefit of $900? I think it is really $600.

    aardglass |
  2. Mass. is $653 per week plus $25 per dependent for a maximum of $900.

    Anonymous |
    • So a person with too many kids gets rewarded? Typical liberal “logic”.

      I don’t even earn $900 a week; if I did I would live in luxury.

      Jim Jones |
      • Oh please. Obviously you don’t have kids or have a CLUE how expensive child care is. Typical obnoxious nut-winger comment.

        paula p. |
        • if you CHOOSE to have a bunch of kids YOU should pay for them, not taxpayers!

          there should be no deductions on income taxes for kids, if you can’t afford them don’t have them!

          Health Insurance should charge PER PERSON; it’s dumb that a family of 12 pays the same premium as a family of 3.

          We need FAIRNESS and everyone paying their fair share.

          Jim Jones |
          • And if a person loses his or her job – what do we do in the meantime? This isn’t WELFARE, you i***t, this is unemployment benefits, which WE, the taxpayers, pay into as we work.

  3. Hi, good post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be coming back to your site.

  4. I was just laid off on 4/8. I live in Texas and if I can would like to find a job here. If by the end of May I do not have any success, I would like to relocate to California as my children live there (I am divorced).

    My question is, can I relocate and collect unemployment there until I find a job?

    Frank Lazzaro |
    • Frank,
      Absolutely you can! You will need to contact your new local unemployment office and ask them to transfer your UI to your new home state. Best of luck!



    • Living expenses in California are 10 times what they are in Texas; are you nuts??

      Jim Jones |
  5. hi, which state would be best for me and my girl friend, ive just losted everything my business my cars ect. am currently drawing unemployment but its done in two weeks and cant find a job i live in travel trailer ready to go somewhere to work and start over am scared can you advise


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  8. Has this changed much? It’s almost 2 years old now and I wonder how far off, if any, these numbers are.

    • @Marko,

      Some of these numbers have changed. I would recommend you contact your local unemployment benefits office to get the specifics. Thanks for reading.



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  13. The maximum unemployment you could draw in Tennessee in 2008 is $275; in Massachusetts it is $900!

    If I could get $900 a week to sit on my butt I wouldn’t worry about a job; NO WONDER their taxes are so high!

    Jim Britt |
    • try a fact instead of propaganda. Mass ranks 37th in the nation in total tax burden on income.

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  15. How long does one have to work in a certain State to collect U.I. out of that particular State while living in another?

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  17. Hi Jessica,

    My job will be relocated from Mass to North Carolina next year, so if I want my job I need to move. My wife works 2 part time jobs to make ends meet. She was laid off from her full time job 3 years ago and cannot find an employer to hire her full time. She works 24 hrs with one retailer, and 15-20 with the other retailer. When we move to NC she will obviously quit her part time jobs here in mass. Where does she file a claim to collect Unemplohment benefits? I would think it would be filed in Mass since her two employers paid into MASS UI. And would she get mass UB $$ rates and Mass timeframes? Thank you, Tim

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  19. Is unemployment pay based on where your company HQ is, where you live, or where you work? I’m a remote employee.

    Preston |
  20. Also, is there a max percent you can reduce an employees compensation to where they are entitled to unemployment if they quit because of the pay decrease?

    Preston |
  21. I have my own small cleaning company I haven’t collected a payroll check in about 1 1/2 years. The business owed me money so I was just taking money out to the business that was due to me to live off of. Because I have not collected a payroll check per se, if I was to sell the business or close the business, Can “I collect unemployment?

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