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ployment, it would approximate $33 in Alabama, $71 in Alaska, etc. The comparable estimates set at two-thirds of average weekly wages are indicated in the last column of this table.

The increases in weekly wages as compared with those in State maximums are shown in table 6. Here, the States are grouped according to the increase in average weekly wages from 1939 to 1952 and, within each group, the percentage increase in maximum (excluding dependents' allowances) listed.

The significant duration provisions of State unemployment insurance laws as of the close of 1949 and 1953 are listed in table 7. This summary may be useful in the interpretation of the data on claimants exhausting wage credits shown in table 8. Data for 1949 and 1950, as well as 1953, were selected for the latter table in order to show the effect of changing economic conditions on exhaustion ratios among the States.

Table 9 shows the respective fractions or percentages of wages used in the computation for the weekly benefit amount for total unemployment under the December 1953 provisions of State laws.

TABLE 1.Distribution of number of States and covered employment (1952) by

basic maximum weekly benefit amount, December 1939, 1945, and 1953

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* Excludes dependents' allowances.

TABLE 2.—Maximum weekly benefit amount and ratio to average weekly wages of

covered workers, 1939 and 1953

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39.4 29.4 (58.8) 29.1 (37.9) 45.0 33. 3 41.5 (51.9) 41.2 (61.8) 34.9 30.6 35. 2 48.7 44.3 39.4 35.4 37.0 40.6 41.5 45.1 42.3 46. 6 49.1 (62.1) 39.9 32.4 (42.0) 45. 2 62.7 37.6 35.6 42.7 40.3 (67.2) 52.7 40.3 47.6 40.4 57.8 42.0 (51.6) 40.2 (46.9) 42.1 34.0 45.4 39.9 36.2 42.1 45.5 30.5 43.3 41.2 38.4 41.4 43.9 46.1 46. 8 (56.1)

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1 Figures in parentheses represent maximum including dependents' allowances, except in Colorado where the maximum is higher for claimants meeting certain requirements. The District of Columbia maximum is the same with or without dependents. Figure not shown for Massachusetts since it would necessarily be based on an assumed maximum number of dependents.

2 Rates based on average weekly wages of covered workers for 1952 since 1953 data not yet available. Figures in parentheses based on maximums including dependents' allowances.

TABLE 3.—Proportion of weeks compensated and claimants eligible for the maximum

weekly benefit amount,1 calendar years 1939 and 1952; and 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 1953

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Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas.
California
Colorado.
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii.
Idaho.
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa..
Kansas
Kentucky.
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland.
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi.
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico.
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island

th Carolina
South Dakota-
Tennessee
Texas..
Utah
Vermont.
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin.
Wyoming--

1 Excludes dependents' allowances.

2 Data for 1939 represent payments at “$15 or more." Percentages shown for the 9 States in the maximum of $16 or $18, therefore, are overstated.

3 Excludes Wisconsin; comparable data not available.

TABLE 4.-States arrayed by percentage of insured claimants eligible for maximum

weekly benefit, 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 1953 1

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1 Represents percentage at basic maximum, excluding dependents allowances. Excludes Wisconsin data not comparable.

TABLE 5.Maximum weekly benefit amount, 1939 and 1953, and as estimated at

alternative percentages of average weekly wages in covered employment, 1952, by State

Maximum weekly benefit Maximum at given per amount

centage of average weekly wages, 1952 2

State

December

1939

December

1953 1

60 percent 67 percent

Alabama.
Alaska.
Arizona.
Arkansas
California
Colorado.
Connecticut.
Delaware
District of Columbia.
Florida.
Georgia
Hawaii.
Idaho.
Illinois.
Indiana
Iowa.
Kansas
Kentucky.
Louisiana..
Maine.
Maryland..
Massachusetts.
Michigan.
Minnesota
Mississippi.
Missouri.
Montana.
Nebraska
Nevada.
New Hampshire.
New Jersey.
New Mexico
New York.
North Carolina
North Dakota.
Ohio.
Oklahoma
Oregon.
Pennsylvania.
Rhode Island,
South Carolina.
South Dakota.
Tennessee
Texas,
Utah
Vermont.
Virginia.
Washington.
West Virginia.
Wisconsin
Wyoming

$15 16 15 15 18 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 18 16 15 15 15 15 18 15 15 15 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 15 15 15 15 16 15 15 15 15 15 18

$22.00
35. 00 (70)
20.00 (26)
22.00
25. 00
28.00 (35)
30.00 (45)
25.00
1 20.00
20.00
26.00
25. 00
25.00
27.00
27.00
26.00
28.00
28.00
25.00
27.00

30.00 (38)
1 25.00

27.00 (35) 30.00 30.00 25. 00 23.00 26.00 30.00 (50) 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 26.00 (32) 30.00 (35) 28.00 25.00 30.00 25. 00 20.00 25.00 26.00 20.00 27. 50 25.00 22.00 30.00 30. CO 33.00 30.00 (36)

$33 71 41 29 45 40 44 43 39 34 32 34 38 46 44 38 40 37 35 35 37 38 50 40 29 40 39 37 45 34 45 38 45 31 37 45 40 44 40 38 33 36 34 39 38 36 34 44 41 43 38

$37 80 46 33 50 45 49 48 44 38 36 38 43 51 49 43 45 42 40 39 41 42 56 44 32 45 43 41 50 38 50 42 50 35 42 50 45 49 44 42 37 40 38 44 43 41 38 49 46 48 43

1 Figures in parentheses represent'maximum including dependent's allowances, except in Colorado where the higher amount is for claimants meeting additional requirements. The District of Columbia maximum is the same with or without dependents. Figure for highest maximum not shown for Massachusetts since it would necessarily be based on an assumed number of dependents.

2 Based on average weekly wage data for 1952, since 1953 data are not yet available; rounded to nearest dollar.

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