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Alabama: A bill to reduce the number of weeks people receive jobless benefits and tie them to the state’s unemployment rate passed the Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill would shorten the current maximum time for unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 14 to 20 weeks. When unemployment is at or below 6.5%, people would receive 14 weeks of benefits. If unemployment is above 6.5%, an additional week would be added for each .5%  increase in the rate with a maximum of 20 weeks of benefits. People in state-run job training programs could get an additional five weeks of benefits. The bill raises the weekly benefit amount from a maximum of $265 to $275 beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

Arkansas: The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, show April’s unemployment rate declined .1 of a percentage point, from 3.7 percent in March to 3.6 percent in April.

Hawaii: The US Senate passed legislation that provides more than $80 million in new federal funding to help the Big Island continue to recover from the Kilauea eruption. $4 million of the bill is designated to Disaster Unemployment Insurance to help those who lost their job temporarily or permanently because of a disaster and are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits.

Idaho: Idaho Department of Labor announced that the April unemployment rate dropped to 2.8%.  April marked the 17th consecutive month at or below 3%.

Massachusetts:   Massachusett’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced the state’s total unemployment rate for April was down .1 of a percentage point at 2.9%. This is the first time the unemployment rate has been below 3% since December of 2000.

New Mexico: New Mexico’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% in April 2019.

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate continues to drop, marking another record low in April of 3.8%. The lowest rate since 1976.

Wyoming: Wyoming’s unemployment rate dropped .1 of a point to 3.6% in April.

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