Population: 6.9 million
Main industries: Banking and financial services, fishing, food processing, education, advanced technology, manufacturing, tourism
Unemployment rate: 2.8 million
Maximum weekly benefit amount: $823
Maximum weeks: 26 (up to 30 in high unemployment)
Total maximum benefit amount: $21,398 (up to $24,690 in high unemployment)
State unemployment insurance benefits site: Massachusetts Department of Unemployment
Bottom line: With a maximum weekly benefit of $823 — $361 more than the national average — Massachusetts is the best state in the country for unemployment benefits.
While Massachusetts offers up to 30 weeks of unemployment insurance, it only does so when there is high unemployment. Under typical conditions, 26 weeks is the norm.
Under typical, low-unemployment conditions, Massachusetts will pay a maximum of $21,398 over 26 weeks. Under high-unemployment conditions and a maximum of 30 weeks, the state will pay $24,690.