The average maximum weekly unemployment benefit for 2015 is between $235 and $698. Each state determines how much a person receives in unemployment payments, so the amount is highly variable based on the state in which the beneficiary lives.
There is no uniform amount that unemployment beneficiaries in the United States receive. States in the South and the Midwest generally have the lowest unemployment benefits, while states in the Northeast usually pay more. Mississippi pays the lowest amount, capping its weekly benefits at $235. Massachusetts, at $698 per week, pays the highest payments. In 2013, emergency federal funding for unemployment expired, which led to a general decline in the amounts individuals claiming unemployment receive.