2021 to 2022 Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefits By State

Listed in the table below are the latest maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefit/compensation amounts by state. The Unemployment compensation (UC) program is designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work or in between jobs, through no fault of their own.

Note, the table below contains the the maximum regular weekly unemployment insurance compensation (benefit) including adjustments for dependents where applicable. It does not include federally funded enhanced and supplementary benefits which expired on September 6th.

In many states the number of dependents you have and your average maximum weekly wage will impact the unemployment benefits you are eligible to receive. Please check the respective state unemployment page or website referenced in the table below for state specific UI details, benefit eligibility and process to claim/file for benefits.

Get the latest on the federal enhanced unemployment programs and associated extensions. This includes Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for self employed and independent contractors and extended state UI benefit coverage under the PEUC program.

In addition, various supplementary weekly payouts like the recent $300 FPUC and $100 Mixed Earners Compensation (MEUC) are now available to unemployed or underemployed workers. Also see which states are ending these benefits early.

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State unemployment benefit information is constantly changing so if you notice any discrepancies please leave a comment and I will update the table as appropriate.

StateMax. Weekly Benefit AmountState Unemployment InfoMax Weeks*
Alabama$275AL Unemployment Information26
Alaska$370 (Individual) up to $442 (w/dependents)AK Unemployment Insurance State Website26
Arizona$240AZ Department of Economic Security26
Arkansas$451Arkansas Division of Workforce Services20
California$450CA.gov EDD details26
Colorado$618CO Department of Labor and Employment26
Connecticut$649 (Individual) up to $724 (w/dependents)CT Department of Labor26
Delaware$400DE Division of Unemployment Insurance
26
District of Columbia$444DC Dept. of Employment Services26
Florida$275FL Dept. of Economic Opportunity Information12
Georgia$365GA Department of Labor Information
14
Hawaii$648HI Unemployment Insurance State Website26
Idaho$448ID Dept. of Labor20
Illinois$484 (Individual) up to $667 (w/dependents)IL Dept of Employment Security
26
Indiana$390IN Department of Workforce Development26
Iowa$481 (Individual) up to $591 (w/dependents)IA Workforce Development
26
Kansas$488KS Department of Labor16
Kentucky$552KY Career Center26
Louisiana$275LA Workforce Commission26
Maine$445 (Individual) up to $667 (w/dependents)ME Department of Labor26
Maryland$430MD Department of Labor (DLLR)26
Massachusetts$823 (Individual) up to $1,234 (w/dependents)MA Department of Unemployment Assistance26
Michigan$362 (w/dependents)MI UIA20
Minnesota$740MN Department of Employment and Economic Development26
Mississippi$235MS Department of Employment Security
26
Missouri$320MO Department of Labor and Industrial Relations13
Montana$552MT Department of Labor and Industry28
Nebraska$440NE Department of Labor26
Nevada$483NV Dept. of Employment, Training and Rehab26
New Hampshire$427NH Department of Employment Security26
New Jersey$713NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development Information26
New Mexico$511NM Department of Workforce Solutions 26
New York$504NY Dept. of Labor26
North Carolina$350NC Division of Employment Security12
North Dakota$618ND Job Service26
Ohio$480 (Individual) to $647 (w/dependents)OH Dept. of Job and Family Services
26
Oklahoma$539OK UI Home Page26
Oregon$648OR Employment Department 26
Pennsylvania$572 (Individual) to $580 (w/dependents)PA Department of Labor & Industry 26
Puerto Rico$190PR Department of Labor & HR26
Rhode Island$586 (Individual) to $867 (w/dependents)RI Dept. of Labor and Training 26
South Carolina$326SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce 20
South Dakota$414SD Department of Labor & Regulation26
Tennessee$275TN Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development26
Texas$535TX Workforce Commission26
Utah$580UT Dept. of Workforce Services26
Vermont$513VT Dept. of Labor26
Virginia$378VA Employment Commission26
Washington$790WA Employment Security Department26
West Virginia$424Workforce WV26
Wisconsin$370WI Dept. of Workforce Development26
Wyoming$508WY Unemployment Insurance Home Page26

Maximum Weekly Unemployment Insurance Benefit Amounts (WBA) by State (last updated October 2020)

*Maximum weeks is subject to prevailing state unemployment rates, so can fluctuate widely. This maximum also does not include the extended unemployed benefits available through PUA, PEUC and EB programs which can be seen in this article. I have listed the absolute maximum number of weeks and recommend you check the state UI site link to get the current maximum weeks when you apply for benefits. 

The Federal-State UC program is a partnership based upon federal law, but administered by state employees under state laws. Thus each state designs its own UC program within the guidelines of the federal requirements, which includes setting the benefit amount along with eligibility and disqualification provisions. There are significant differences between states so please visit the state unemployment website for detailed rules and benefit calculation scenarios.

Steps to Filing and Getting Your Unemployment Claim Processed Quickly

  • Filing online via your state’s unemployment website (versus calling or by mail) as soon as possible after losing your job or pay cut is the fastest way to submit an unemployment claim. Particularly in today’s world where call centers are operating at reduced capacity. Regular and PUA unemployment will likely have different websites for filing your claim so make sure you file via the right unemployment portal. If you have issues with your claim you will have to likely contact your local State Unemployment Insurance agency. Just be prepared for this to take time.
  • Have details of your former jobs/employers (up to 24 months of history), personal (SSN, address) and banking information ready when filing the claim or talking to an agent at your state UI office. Make sure to give complete and correct information to minimize delays with your claim processing. It generally takes two to four weeks after you file your claim to receive your first first benefit check.
  • You can get paid by check, debit card or direct deposit. To get your payments in the fastest way go with direct deposit and ensure you have your correct and up to date bank routing and account numbers documented.
  • Certify on time (weekly or bi-weekly) to claim your benefits in order to get your unemployment check paid on schedule. One of the main reason people see disruptions is failing to file on time and with the required information. Further, with the new federal programs in place, the unemployment certification requirements could be more onerous so make sure you take time to review your weekly or bi-weekly certification requirements. If you miss several weeks of certification, you may have to file a new claim.

Your state unemployment website will generally allow you to calculate your estimated state unemployment benefits prior to or when submitting a claim. You will need to have your income/wages earned during the four prior calendar quarters (base year period) and also number of hours worked in some instances for each of these quarters. Since the wages you earn can vary significantly from quarter to quarter, you may want to consider these differences in deciding when to file your claim. Refer to your local state’s website for specifics on calculations and eligibility.

The final amount of your benefit is determined after the State UI division process your application and validates income and employment duration with your employer(s).

Will I have to pay taxes on my Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment insurance is taxable income and must be reported on your IRS federal income tax return. This includes the enhanced and extended benefits provided in 2020. Your local state unemployment agency will send you form 1099-G to file with your tax return (see due dates). This form is sent in late January and outlines the amount of benefits paid to you during the previous year. You can choose to withhold income tax during the year with 10 percent being the maximum generally allowed.

Claiming Benefits Across Multiple States

If you worked and earned wages in multiple states you may be able to claim benefits from all these states relative to the income you earned. Generally you should first exhaust benefits from the state where you had the highest income and/or lived for the longest duration in the base year of figuring your claim. After which you can submit claims from the other states up to the maximum weekly benefit.

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360 thoughts on “2021 to 2022 Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefits By State”

  1. Hi Andy. I trying to figure out how long a Floridian can collect if benefits began in May 2020. With all the government assistance it goes beyond Florida’s 12 months but just how far does it go?

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  2. I’ve lost my info to sign on to my gov to go app and I don’t have access to the email I signed up with it now either.. any advice to get a new password for it? Thanks

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