How much have claims for unemployment benefits increased in the US and which states are suffering the most?

The United States Department of Labor, in coordination with state governments, provides unemployment insurance programs. These give benefits for people who are out of work for reasons beyond their control.

This agency is responsible for sharing weekly data on applications for unemployment benefits, which have increased significantly. This was announced by the Department of Labor in the week ending June 1, the forecast number of seasonally adjusted initial claims was 229,000, an increase of 8,000 from the revised level from last week.

According to the report, The projected seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending May 25. unchanged from last week’s unrevised rate. Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted unemployment estimate for the week ending May 25 was 1,792,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous weeks revised level.

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The states most affected by unemployment

The report shared by the Department of Labor also reports that The highest reported unemployment rates in the week ending May 18 were recorded in New Jersey (2.3), California (2.1), Washington (1.8)Massachusetts (1.6), Rhode Island (1.6), Illinois (1.5), Nevada (1.5), New York (1.5), Alaska (1, 4) and Pennsylvania (1.4).

On the other side, The largest increases in initial jobless claims for the week ending May 25 occurred in Tennessee (+1,880), Michigan (+1,557), Missouri (+839), Minnesota (+756) and Illinois (+750).

Who is eligible to apply for unemployment benefits?

The unemployment insurance program follows certain guidelines set forth by federal law. However, each state administers its own separate program with certain eligibility requirements.

In most states, workers are entitled to benefits for up to 26 weeks. However, some states offer extended benefits that can last an additional 13 weeks when the unemployment rate is very high.

in general, A person is eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet the following requirements:

  • The worker is unemployed for reasons beyond their control.
  • Complies with job and salary requirements.
  • The worker must meet his or her state’s requirements for wages earned or time worked during a certain period of time called the “base period.” (In most states, this is usually the first four of the last five full quarters before their filing date.)
  • Meets any additional state requirements, such as demonstrating continued employment or training.

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To apply for unemployment benefits, the worker must file a claim with the unemployment insurance program in the state where he worked.

Depending on the state, requests can be made in person, by phone or online.

To learn more about the exact requirements and how to claim unemployment benefits, we recommend that consult the responsible agency in your state.

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