Maximum Unemployment Benefits By State

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A look at the maximum weekly unemployment benefits available in each state. I recommend you check with your local and state unemployment office.  Unemployment benefits provide displaced workers an opportunity to stay afloat while looking for a new place to work.  Click on the respective links to learn more about collecting unemployment when relocating or about the unemployment benefits process for HR and companies.

Alabama – $265
Alaska – $441
Arizona – $240
Arkansas – $457
California – $450
Colorado – $454
Connecticut – $555
Delaware – $330
District of Columbia – $405
Florida – $275
Georgia – $330
Hawaii – $560
Idaho – $343
Illinois – $385
Indiana – $390
Iowa – $459
Kansas – $420
Kentucky – $415
Louisiana – $258
Maine – $372
Maryland – $410
Massachusetts – $653
Michigan – $362
Minnesota – $585
Mississippi – $235
Missouri – $320
Montana – $446
Nebraska – $348
Nevada – $398
New Hampshire – $427
New Jersey – $600
New Mexico – $455
New York – $405
North Carolina – $350
North Dakota – $470
Ohio – $524
Oklahoma – $368
Oregon – $507
Pennsylvania – $573
Puerto Rico – $133
Rhode Island – $566
South Carolina – $326
South Dakota – $295
Tennessee – $275
Texas – $426
Utah – $451
Vermont – $425
Virginia – $378
Virgin Islands – $454
Washington – $604
West Virginia – $424
Wisconsin – $363
Wyoming – $387

All figures are as of December 10, 2013, 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 |
  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


  6. 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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  9. 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.

      fredneck wizard |
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    • Thanks Betty. I hope you enjoy. I’m always working to update content and information helping job seekers find work quickly that fits their personal and professional goals.


  11. 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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  13. 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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