State Reports and Statistics

States make most of the key decisions that determine which workers will collect UI benefits, how much they receive, and how well the program is funded.  The result is significant variation from state to state. For example, in some states less than one in five workers collect UI benefits, while in others more than half do, because of strong support for the program.  Regionally, however, there is often more consistency because of interstate competition and other factors, with some regions in the U.S., like the South, much less likely to have strong UI programs.

Useful and reliable statistics measuring the adequacy of the state UI programs play a significant role in debates at the state level to reform the system.  NELP is a leading resource for UI statistics helping state advocates, policymakers, researchers and the press evaluate state UI programs, make comparisons with other states, and develop meaningful recommendations for reform.  

State Statistics Chartbook: NELP produces an annual UI chartbook comparing the states and the regions of the country on several basic measures to help evaluate the adequacy of the UI program.

  • Northeast (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont)

  • Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)

  • South (Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia)

  • West (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Individual State Analyses: NELP has also issued separate state reports and shorter analyses evaluating UI programs in more than half the states.

State Legislation Updates: NELP has tracked state UI legislation for more than a decade, as documented by legislative updates issued perdiodically:




State UI Statistics are available on the following bases:




For more information on our work in this area, or for help with UI statistics in your state, contact Andrew Stettner,