Very Different States of Unemployment

Source: Marketplace, June 3, 2009

When we get the May unemployment report Friday morning it’s probably going to show the economy has lost another half a million jobs. Conventional wisdom is that once somebody gets a pink slip they go down to the local unemployment office and file for benefits. And many do. But there ends the broad generalization. How much somebody gets in a weekly unemployment check — or even whether they’re eligible at all — depends a lot on where they live.

Today we start a series on unemployment compensation, produced in conjunction with the investigative newsroom ProPublica.
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