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The count: average weekly payout of unemployment benefits compared to average weekly wage 

24.2 percent

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Source: 24/7 Wall St.

Louisiana was listed at the very top of the worst states in America for the unemployed in a new survey by the website 24/7 Wall St., which calculated the percentage of unemployed people receiving benefits; the percentage of the average weekly rate covered; the state's unemployment rate; and the percentage of loss/growth in the state in 2016. Louisiana came in last, behind Alabama, Mississippi, Alaska and New Mexico.

  The data, which came from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, found the annual unemployment rate in the state to be 6.1 percent (the national percentage is 4.3), making it the third-highest in the U.S. "Several industries in Louisiana detracted from GDP growth in 2016, including finance, mining, and government, the largest sector by employment in the state," the report concluded.


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