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Top 10 States to Collect Unemployment

MyApartmentMap - Sep 23, 2009

After reading the horrible unemployment numbers that were released today, I started to wonder what states had the highest unemployment benefits. I found a recent AP article that listed the benefits per state, but it was not ajusted by cost of living. So I took the CPI for every state and ran it against the unemployment numbers. Here is what I got. Top 10 States State CPI Adjusted Actual 1. Massachusetts $695.70 $900 2. Minnesota $553.60 $538 3. Pennsylvania $542.07 $547 4. Illinois $533.48 $511 5. Ohio $515.67 $493 6. North Carolina $504.56 $476 7. Washington $492.34 $515 8. Rhode Island $484.59 $641 9. Arkansas $455.62 $409 10. Iowa $455.39 $426 Bottom 5 States State CPI Adjusted Actual 1. Hawaii $202.40 $523 2. Arizona $229.44 $240 3. Mississippi $232.26 $210 4. Alaska $244.16 $320 5. Alabama $254.74 $235