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How Your Newsroom Can Use ProPublica's Unemployment Insurance Tracker for a Story

 Our new Unemployment Insurance Tracker shows just how much trouble many states’ funds are in—and how poorly they planned for a downturn. So far, 25 states have run out of money and been forced to borrow from the federal government, raise taxes or cut benefits. And using a fancy formula we built, we predict nine more states will hit the skids within six months.

The Tulsa World,ABC17 in Missouri, Cape Cod Today, The Sacramento Bee and Badlands Journal have published stories using data from the feature.

You can too.

To get data for your state, just visit the Unemployment Insurance Tracker and click through to your state. (For those who are interested, yes, you can download it in csv format. And if you want to double-check our math, see our nerd page.)

If you're a reporter for a local or state publication and would like to know when we make data available, e-mail us your name, e-mail address and publication. We'll give you a heads-up next time.

Meanwhile, a reminder: Nearly all of ProPublica's content – our articles, graphics and data – is under a Creative Commons license, which lets you republish it so long as you credit us, link to us, and don't edit our material or sell it separately. This holds true whether you’re a blogger or a news outlet.

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