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Estimate Your Unemployment Check Here

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Florida’s unemployment office, after denying benefits to some 260,000 residents, said that it made a mistake. From Maine to California, laid-off workers scheme to outfox crashing websites or wait for hours on the phone to apply for benefits at state unemployment offices.

Thirty million people have filed for unemployment benefits so far, and countless others are trying. Frustration is a way of life for millions of people desperately in need of money for essentials.

If you’re curious about how much your benefit will be – when you eventually get through – or if you fear a layoff is in your future, Zippia has something for you.

Highest and Lowest UI benefitsThe job listing and career advice website has created a calculator that will provide a ballpark estimate of your weekly benefit. Just enter your income and the state you live in, and Zippia’s estimate will be calculated using your state’s unique benefit formula.

The estimate is the total of your benefit from the state, which is based on your pay, plus the $600 additional payment Congress recently threw in. These new federal payments are scheduled to expire at the end of July.

The size of the unemployment check roughly corresponds with each state’s cost of living. Nevertheless, the weekly maximum benefits in some states are disproportionately higher, including in Massachusetts, where the maximum is $823 per week, followed by Washington ($790). The lowest maximum benefits are in Arizona ($240) and Mississippi ($235).

“Our goal is to give as much useful information for people who are in a really tough situation,” said Zippia’s Kathy Morris, who was involved in collecting the state data and designing the calculator.

Whatever your state provides to the unemployed, if you’re entitled to a benefit, you should get it.

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3 Responses to Estimate Your Unemployment Check Here

  1. Jlee says:

    I live in the District of Columbia. Please add it to the calculator.

  2. Wendy Weiss says:

    This is an extremely important contribution to your readers. I hope they read it and share the link with their friends and family.

    Thank you so much for providing the table with a state by state contrast of dollar benefits. And for more precision, you offer links to a website with estimates. Bravo! If a state has made an error in your check or that of your brother, s/he has some data to help when contacting the state offices.

    Next time unemployed residents elect state representatives, governors, and folks in Washington, they might want to consider these data.

    Each vote has consequences for the residents and her/his family.

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