Unemployment Rate by State – November 2020

Are you interested in the unemployment rate in your state? Are you trying to see which states have the highest and lowest unemployment rates for November 2020? You’ve come to the right place. Each month, we publish the unemployment rate by state, using data released by the federal government. We have provided below the complete list of unemployment rate by state – November 2020.

In addition, we have further broken down the list, showing the top 10 states with the highest and lowest unemployment rates for the month of November.

Finally, we have answered below the most frequently asked questions about unemployment, including unemployment benefits related to COVID-19, states that pay the most in unemployment, who is eligible for unemployment, and more.

"Unemployment Rate by State November 2020"

This post will cover:

  • Unemployment Rate by State – November 2020
  • Top 10 States with the Highest Unemployment in November 2020
  • The Top 10 States With the Lowest Unemployment in November 2020
  • Unemployment FAQs

Unemployment Rate by State November 2020

According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), New Jersey had the highest unemployment rate in November 2020, with 10.2 percent, followed by Nevada, 10.1 percent, and Hawaii, 10.1 percent. Nebraska had the lowest unemployment rate in June of 3.1 percent.

Nationally, the United States Unemployment Rate for November 2020 was 6.7%.

Below is the complete list by state, seasonally adjusted. We have also provided the unemployment rate for November 2019 for comparison.

State November 2020 Unemployment Rate November 2019 Unemployment Rate
Alabama 4.4% 2.7%
Alaska 8.1% 6.1%
Arizona 7.8% 4.5%
Arkansas 6.2% 3.5%
California 8.2% 3.9%
Colorado 6.4% 2.5%
Connecticut 8.2% 3.8%
Delaware 5.1% 4.0%
District of Columbia 7.5% 5.3%
Florida 6.4% 2.8%
Georgia 5.7% 3.1%
Hawaii 10.1% 2.6%
Idaho 4.8% 2.9%
Illinois 6.9% 3.7%
Indiana 5.0% 3.2%
Iowa 3.6% 2.8%
Kansas 5.6% 3.1%
Kentucky 5.6% 4.3%
Louisiana 8.3% 5.2%
Maine 5.0% 3.0%
Maryland 6.8% 3.4%
Massachusetts 6.7% 2.8%
Michigan 6.9% 3.9%
Minnesota 4.4% 3.3%
Mississippi 6.4% 5.6%
Missouri 4.4% 3.4%
Montana 4.9% 3.5%
Nebraska 3.1% 3.0%
Nevada 10.1% 3.7%
New Hampshire 3.8% 2.6%
New Jersey 10.2% 3.7%
New Mexico 7.5% 4.8%
New York 8.4% 3.9%
North Carolina 6.2% 3.6%
North Dakota 4.5% 2.4%
Ohio 5.7% 4.1%
Oklahoma 5.9% 3.4%
Oregon 6.0% 3.4%
Pennsylvania 6.6% 4.6%
Rhode Island 7.3% 3.5%
South Carolina 4.4% 2.4%
South Dakota 3.5% 3.4%
Tennessee 5.3% 3.3%
Texas 8.1% 3.5%
Utah 4.3% 2.4%
Vermont 3.1% 2.4%
Virginia 4.9% 2.7%
Washington 6.0% 4.0%
West Virginia 6.2% 5.1%
Wisconsin 5.0% 3.5%
Wyoming 5.1% 3.7%

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These 10 States Have The Highest Unemployment in November

Here are the top ten states with the highest jobless rates, according to newly released federal data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

State November 2020 Rate
Arizona 7.8%
Alaska 8.1%
Texas 8.1%
California 8.2%
Connecticut 8.2%
Louisiana 8.3%
New York 8.4%
Hawaii 10.1%
Nevada 10.1%
New Jersey 10.2%

These 10 States Have The Lowest Unemployment in November

Here are the top ten states with the lowest jobless rates, according to newly released federal data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

State November 2020 Rate
Nebraska 3.1%
Vermont 3.1%
South Dakota 3.5%
Iowa 3.6%
New Hampshire 3.8%
Utah 4.3%
Alabama 4.4%
Minnesota 4.4%
Missouri 4.4%
South Carolina 4.4%

Unemployment FAQs

These are the most frequently asked questions about unemployment benefits, including those related to COVID-19 unemployment benefits.

General Unemployment Benefit Questions

What is Unemployment Insurance (Unemployment Benefits)?

Unemployment insurance (also known as UI) provides temporary cash benefits to employees who have lost their jobs.

If you have worked in your state within the last 18 months and lost your job, through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for UI.

What are the basic eligibility requirements to apply for unemployment?

Eligibility requirements may vary by state, but generally, to be eligible for unemployment, you must meet the following requirements.

1. Be fully or partially unemployed;
2. Be unemployed through no fault of your own [the law imposes disqualifications for certain types of separations from employment];
3. Be physically and mentally able to work full time*;
4. Be available for full-time work*;
5. Be registered with the American Job Center (this may vary by state);
6. Be actively seeking work by making reasonable efforts to find employment each week;
7. Participate in selected reemployment services if you are identified as a dislocated worker by the profiling system;
8. File your weekly claims as directed.

*Individuals who cannot work because of a physical or mental impairment that is chronic or expected to be long-term or permanent may qualify for benefits if they are available for suitable part-time work.

What are the requirements for filing a valid claim?

Here are the requirements for a valid unemployment insurance claim:

  1. You must have worked in employment subject to UI tax (known as covered employment) and received wages in at least two (2) quarters of your base period.
  2. You must also have been paid wages totaling at least six (6) times the average weekly insured wage during your base period.

The exact amount of benefits and the duration of those benefits cannot be determined until you actually file your claim for benefits.

How long do Unemployment Insurance benefits last?

In most states, the limit is 26 weeks per year.

However, the federal government recently created a new program called Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) that provides more benefits.

The PEUC program allows claimants who exhaust their regular UI benefits to receive up to 13 additional weeks of benefits.

​How much in Unemployment benefits will I receive?

How much you will receive in unemployment benefits is based on your “Base Period”.

What is the base period?

Your base period is the time frame used to determine whether you are monetarily eligible to receive unemployment payments.

This varies by state but generally, it includes the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters.

Individuals who cannot establish monetary eligibility using wages in the previously described base period will use an alternate base period.

The alternate base period consists of the four calendar quarters immediately preceding the quarter in which the claim is filed.

To determine if a person has sufficient wage credits, the law requires that he or she must have total base period earnings that equals or exceeds 40 times the Weekly Benefit Rate.

What is the maximum weekly Unemployment amount by state?

The maximum Weekly unemployment benefits vary by state.

They range from $1,234 in Massachusetts to $235 in Mississippi.

For a full list of minimum and maximum weekly unemployment benefits by state, see our post here.

Additionally, you may be eligible for federal Coronavirus Aid, which may provide a temporary emergency increase in unemployment benefits

What is a separation payment when it comes to an Unemployment application?

Separation payment is any payment that was made, is being made, or will be made to you as a result of separation from last employment.

Separation pay may be in the form of:

  • Wages in lieu of notice,
  • Accrued vacation pay,
  • Terminal leave pay,
  • Severance pay,
  • Separation pay, or
  • Dismissal payments or wages

Can I get Unemployment while collecting Social Security disability payments?

No. In order to qualify for benefits, you must be able to work.

If you are collecting disability, then it means you are not able to work.

Additionally, you are not able to work during any week that you are receiving or applying for benefits under any other state or federal law based on your temporary total or permanent total disability.

I received a new full-time job. Do I need to report this to the Job service center?

If you have found a job, Congratulation.

Simply notify the job search center immediately if you return to work.

If you return to work full-time with your former employer or a new employer, you are no longer eligible for benefits.

However, remember to file claims for weeks you were unemployed before you returned to work.

Unemployment Rate by State November 2020 Summary

We hope this post on Unemployment Rate by State November 2020 was helpful.

If you have further questions about unemployment or unemployment insurance benefits, please let us know in the comments section below.

Be sure to check out our other articles on Unemployment and Unemployment Benefits,  including. 

Unemployment Rate by State – October 2020
Whether Unemployment Benefits are Taxable
List of States Extending Unemployment Benefits
Nevada Unemployment Debit Card Guide
Maryland Unemployment Debit Card Guide
California EDD Unemployment Debit Card