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Is Your State’s Unemployment System in Danger?

Is Your State's Unemployment System in Danger?

by Olga Pierce, ProPublica - June 3, 2009

Nov. 3: The map and chart have been updated.

As part of our investigation into unemployment insurance, here's a look at how individual state systems compare. Thanks to a historical compromise, each state has its own unemployment insurance system, and they come in 51 different flavors -- one for each state and Washington, D.C. (Puerto Rice and the Virgin Islands technically make it 53.)

How does your state's unemployment insurance system stack up? Is it about to go bankrupt? Is it bankrupt already? States with negative balances are in red. Pink states may have to borrow soon. Read about the states' policies that fed the current crisis.

Are your benefits below average? Roll over a state to see information on its benefits.

      Has borrowed money to pay unemployment
      Is expected to borrow money soon
      Is adequately funded
State Unemployment Rate Average Weekly
Benefit Amount
Percent of Unemployed
Receiving Benefits
Trust Fund Balance Borrowed Amount
Alabama10.7%$208.0338.15%$112,446,000$67,392,286.20
Alaska8.4%$234.7549.66%$324,540,000$0
Arizona9.1%$221.3942.22%$599,156,000$0
Arkansas7.1%$284.7265.44%$4,899,000$145,754,513.21
California12.2%$316.8939.80%$118,013,000$4,698,681,588.44
Colorado7%$362.2136.81%$365,067,000$0
Connecticut8.4%$338.8655.85%$243,629,000$58,416,788.65
Delaware8.3%$265.4847.28%$81,652,000$0
District of Columbia11.4%$305.9520.18%$413,523,000$0
Florida11%$239.7032.85%$449,475,000$567,100,000.00
Georgia10.1%$285.2634.07%$586,334,000$0
Hawaii7.2%$425.8244.49%$281,242,000$0
Idaho8.8%$278.8063.89%$2,753,000$75,249,625.22
Illinois10.5%$345.8147.39%$183,115,000$700,763,378.83
Indiana9.6%$310.7443.92%$19,732,000$1,310,882,141.54
Iowa6.7%$319.6958.73%$549,964,000$0
Kansas 6.9%$366.5150.73%$413,720,000$0
Kentucky 10.9%$311.8337.93%$7,935,000$489,100,000.00
Louisiana 7.4%$232.9938.65%$1,380,909,000$0
Maine 8.5%$284.0340.97%$360,883,000$0
Maryland 7.2%$313.0441.93%$493,807,000$0
Massachusetts9.3%$427.2054.03%$778,267,000$0
Michigan 15.3%$312.0244.32%$236,929,000$2,840,260,000.00
Minnesota 7.3%$359.5048.00%$110,754,000$168,264,220.01
Mississippi 9.2%$196.6138.57%$586,818,000$0
Missouri 9.5%$259.1838.85%$49,130,000$350,818,745.20
Montana 6.7%$280.7166.12%$194,736,000$0
Nebraska 4.9%$249.7342.58%$242,194,000$0
Nevada 13.3%$317.9150.70%$285,227,000$10,007,065.43
New Hampshire 7.2%$280.2451.14%$80,557,000$0
New Jersey 9.8%$401.8753.41%$97,461,000$787,955,333.38
New Mexico 7.7%$295.0851.69%$392,713,000$0
New York 8.9%$317.9947.40%$510,760,000$1,642,289,773.00
North Carolina 10.8%$309.2243.78%$19,243,000$1,306,395,933.83
North Dakota 4.2%$310.6741.88%$105,370,000$0
Ohio 10.1%$315.3341.92%$87,656,000$1,463,837,799.00
Oklahoma 6.7%$301.6341.27%$716,959,000$0
Oregon 11.5%$316.5050.71%$1,463,314,000$0
Pennsylvania 8.8%$356.1868.58%$350,046,000$1,416,322,840.01
Rhode Island 13%$383.8835.13%$17,772,000$107,674,569.00
South Carolina 11.6%$255.5739.06%$27,476,000$610,681,164.00
South Dakota 4.8%$253.7227.85%$9,957,000$1,079,851.39
Tennessee 10.5%$229.0335.61%$162,881,000$0
Texas 8.2%$330.0833.77%$299,448,000$806,892,176.13
Utah 6.2%$322.4051.54%$640,429,000$0
Vermont 6.7%$308.6456.44%$75,275,000$0
Virginia 6.7%$313.8131.74%$363,455,000$3,636,200.00
Washington 9.3%$401.7145.50%$3,398,783,000$0
West Virginia 8.9%$277.4242.90%$193,469,000$0
Wisconsin 8.3%$290.5460.75%$27,372,000$721,898,731.37
Wyoming 6.8%$354.7963.58%$206,009,000$0

Sources: Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2009; First Quarter, 2009, Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Data Summary; Unemployment Insurance Budget, Trust Fund Loans, Department of Labor; National Association of State Workforce Agencies

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