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Most states offer the standard 26 weeks of maximum unemployment benefits. But a few states vary this up a bit.
Massachusetts offers up to 30, under certain circumstances.
Montana provides up to 28 weeks.
Then there are the states that offer considerably less weekly availability -
Arkansas, Michigan, Missouri, and South Carolina - 20 weeks
Kansas - 16
Florida - 12
Georgia - 14
North Carolina - 13
So why the big difference for this last 8 states? Is it strictly to save money, or is there some other factor I'm missing?