Friday, March 22, 2013

How Long Do Unemployment Benefits Last?


Legislative efforts at the state and federal level, particularly those related to efforts to stimulate the economy, have changed the length of time that unemployment benefits are available. They also created significant variation in the length of benefits among the states, making it difficult to keep track of what terminated employees can expect and what employers are responsible for around the country. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article (subscription may be required) on the quantity of benefits available in different states. Currently, the newly unemployed in Minnesota may receive up to 40 weeks of regular and extended unemployment benefits.  The Journal’s article provided a summary of the number of weeks of benefits available in the 50 states:

Weeks
States
40
HI, IA, KS, MN, NB, ND, NH, OK, SD, UT, VA, VT, and WY
41
MO
42
MT
46
FL, GA
48
MI, SC
54
DE, ID, LA, MA, MD, NM, OH, TX, and WI
60
AR, IL
63
AL, AZ, CO, CT, DC, IN, KY, ME, MS, NY, OR, PA, TN, WA, and WV
73
CA, NJ, NC, NV, and RI
86
AK

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