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Unemployment Benefits for Every State in the U.S. in 2021

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Unemployment Insurance Benefits COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic caused millions of people to be unemployed and seek unemployment insurance benefits—and a year and a half later (yeesh!), we’re still seeing high unemployment rates throughout the country.

The federal government has passed numerous bills aimed at providing unemployed Americans with enhanced federal unemployment benefits (most of which will expire on September 6, 2021), and many states have stepped in with their own measures to support the un- and underemployed.

Below is a comprehensive list of state-by-state resources to direct those affected to the latest information on changes to unemployment insurance benefits.

A number of enhanced state unemployment benefits expired in June and July of 2021, which means that the benefits rates rates have come back down to down to typical unemployment rates, but certain states are offering enhanced benefits through September 6, 2021.

Find your state in the table below:

StateMaximum Unemployment BenefitState Agency Website and Phone Number
Alabama$275/weekAlabama DOL
(334)242-8025
Alaska$370/weekAlaska DOL
(907)269-4700
Arizona$240/weekArizona: How to Apply for UI
(877)600-2722
Arkansas$451/weekArkansas DOL
(501)682-2121
California$750/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $451/week
California DOL
1(800)300-5616
Colorado$918/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $618/week
Colorado DOL
(303)318-8000
Connecticut$949/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $649/week
Connecticut DOL
(203)941-6868
Delaware$700/week through September 6, 2021
Then it will come down to $400/week
Delaware DOL
1(800)794-3032
D.C.$744/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $444/week
D.C. DOES
(202)724-7000
Florida$275/weekFlorida DEO
1(833)352-7759
Georgia$365/weekGeorgia DOL
1(877)709-8185
Hawaii$948/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $648/week
Hawaii DOL
Oahu: (808)586-8970
Hilo: (808)974-4086
Kona: (808)322-4822
Maui: (808)984-8400
Kauai: (808)274-3043
Idaho$463/weekIdaho DOL
(208)332-8942
Illinois$784/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $484/week
Illinois DES
1(800)244-5631
Indiana$690/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $390/week
Indiana DOL
1(800)891-6499
Iowa$481/weekIowa Workforce Development
1(866)239-0843
Kansas$788/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $488/week
Kansas DOL
1(800)292-6333
Kentucky$852/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $552/week
Kentucky Career Center
(502)875-0442
LouisianaLouisiana Workforce Commission
1(866)783-5567
Maine$745/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $445/week
Maine DOL
1(800)593-7660
Maryland$730/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come to $430/week
Maryland DOL
Contact Info
Massachusetts$1,123/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $823/week
Mass DUA
1(877)636-6800
Michigan$662/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $362/week
Michigan Department of Labor and Opportunity
Contact Info
Minnesota$1,040/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $740/week
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance
1-877-898-9090
Mississippi$235/weekMississippi DES
601-321-6000
Missouri$320/weekMissouri DOL
Contact Info
Montana$872/week through June 27, 2021
After this, it will come down to $552/week
Montana Unemployment Insurance Division
406-444-2545
Nebraska$440/weekNE Works
855-995-8863
Nevada$769/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $469/week
Nevada DOL
Contact Info
New Hampshire$427/weekNew Hampshire Workforce Connect
1(800)852-3400
New Jersey$1,013/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $713/week
New Jersey DOL
Contact Info
New Mexico$811/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $511/week
New Mexico Workforce Connection
Contact Info
New York$804/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $504/week
New York DOL
1(888)581-5812
North Carolina$650/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $350/week
North Carolina DES
1(888)737-0259
North Dakota$618/weekNorth Dakota DOL
(701) 328-4995
Ohio$498/weekOhio Department of Job and Family Services
1(877)644-6562
Oklahoma$539/weekOklahoma ESC
1(800)555-1554
Oregon$973/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $673/week
Oregon Employment Department
1(877)345-3484
Pennsylvania$872/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $572/week
Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation
Contact Info
Rhode Island$886/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $586/week
Rhode Island DLT
(401)415-6772
South Carolina$326/weekSouth Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
1(866)831-1724
South Dakota$428/weekSouth Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation
(605)626-2452
Tennessee$275/weekTennesse Department of Labor & Workforce Development
1(877)813-0950
Texas$535/weekTexas Workforce Commission
1(800)628-5115
Utah$580/weekUtah Workforce Services
(801)526-9675
Vermont$831/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $531/week
Vermont DOL
1(877) 214-3332
Virginia$678/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $378/week
Virginia Employment Commission
Contact Info
Washington$1,144/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $844/week
Washington Employment Security Department
1(800)318-6022
West Virginia$424/weekWorkforce West Virginia
1(800)379-1032
Wisconsin$670/week through September 6, 2021
After this, it will come down to $370/week
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
(608) 266-3131
Wyoming$508/weekWYUI
(307)473-3789

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As we mentioned above, these state benefits are in addition to federal benefits. Here’s an overview on how federal unemployment benefits work:

ProgramPurposeDetails
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)Extends unemployment insurance to those who may not have been eligible before COVID-19 (like freelancers and self-employed individuals)
  • Generally, up to 79 weeks of coverage (certain states get up to 86 weeks)
  • Expires after September 6, 2021
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)Extends unemployment benefits after state unemployment benefits have been exhausted
  • Up to 53 weeks of coverage
  • Expires after September 6, 2021
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)Provides additional money (from a federal fund) on top of regular state unemployment benefits
  • $300 per week
  • Expires after September 6, 2021

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Comments

  • John

    Hi. When will we hear about options for self-employed/contractors?

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  • christina

    It is my understanding that you can apply for unemployment (we are in NY) if your hours are reduced? Do you know if the extra $600 is also proportionally applied?

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    • Gusto Editors

      Hi Christina — since regulations may vary by state, we recommend you reach out to the New York unemployment office!

      Reply
  • mohammad ahad

    is it mandatory to put work search log at this outbreak covid19 time?

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    • Gusto Editors

      Hi Mohammad — since guidance varies by state and industry, we recommend reaching out to your state unemployment office!

      Reply
  • Timithy Kunz

    I work at a manufacturing plant in Wausau wi. They remain open as they are qualified as an essential business who makes food grade products. In early Dec of 2019 , my 70 year old uncle sufferd a stroke, how now lives with me.
    I was so afraid that I would bring that virus into my home and he would get sick. He isn’t in very good physical shape and I doubt he would make it. I asked my emoyer for a leave of absence for a few weeks so I could find a different living arrangement for him. None of the assisted living places are taking any new residents. I d k what to do. Would I, qualify for the unemployment benefits for this time off?

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    • Gusto Editors

      Hi Timithy, each state has its own rules regarding unemployment benefits, so you will want to check with your state unemployment office to confirm: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/

      Reply
  • Michelle

    Oregon has not yet announced that the waiting week is being waived. Hopeful to see that announced soon.

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    • Gusto Editors

      Thanks for the catch, Michelle! We’ve updated the article.

      Reply
  • Teresa

    Where are you getting your information for Oregon? There is no rule temporary or otherwise that is on an official page regarding waiving the waiting week for UI benefits. Only other requirements have been waived. Please advise as to your official source of this information.

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    • Gusto Editors

      Hi Teresa — thanks for the catch! We’ve updated the article.

      Reply
  • Kenneth Breeden

    Do I have to submit a weekly claim if I lost my job dued to covid 19 after my initial claim?

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    • Gusto Editors

      Hi Kenneth—since, it may depend on your state, you’ll want to check your individual state’s unemployment benefits website + consult a lawyer or HR expert for more specific guidance.

      Reply

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