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Your complete guide to unemployment benefits in every state

Mediafeed Logo By Lindsay Frankel of Mediafeed | Slide 1 of 57: If you’ve been laid off unexpectedly, you may have serious financial concerns and be worried about how to make money. You’re likely wondering how you’re going to pay your bills and feed your family if you can’t find a new job quickly. You’re not alone: There were 10.7 million unemployed adults in the U.S., as of November 2020. Though unemployment is trending downward from its peak in April, there are still 4.9 million more unemployed U.S. adults than there were before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Further complicating matters, only 58% of Americans have an emergency fund. Of that 58%, only 25% have enough saved to cover more than two months of expenses. That leaves most Americans financially fragile and unprepared for a disaster.Luckily, a joint state and federal program offers cash to Americans who were laid off through no fault of their own. And new legislation is providing additional support through stimulus checks and expanded unemployment insurance. But unemployment benefits can be confusing and vary by state. We’re here to walk you through the process for each state, answer all your questions, and get you the money you need until you find your next job. Related: Recession checklist: 7 things you need to survive an economic downturn

Have you been let go during the coronavirus pandemic?

If you’ve been laid off unexpectedly, you may have serious financial concerns and be worried about how to make money. You’re likely wondering how you’re going to pay your bills and feed your family if you can’t find a new job quickly. 

You’re not alone: There were 10.7 million unemployed adults in the U.S., as of November 2020. Though unemployment is trending downward from its peak in April, there are still 4.9 million more unemployed U.S. adults than there were before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

Further complicating matters, only 58% of Americans have an emergency fund. Of that 58%, only 25% have enough saved to cover more than two months of expenses. That leaves most Americans financially fragile and unprepared for a disaster.

Luckily, a joint state and federal program offers cash to Americans who were laid off through no fault of their own. And new legislation is providing additional support through stimulus checks and expanded unemployment insurance. 

But unemployment benefits can be confusing and vary by state. We’re here to walk you through the process for each state, answer all your questions, and get you the money you need until you find your next job.

Related: Recession checklist: 7 things you need to survive an economic downturn

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