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Why do some states offer less than 26 weeks of unemployment?

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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?

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    Also, 26 weeks equates to 6 months of benefits for unemployed workers. I'm not necessarily saying it should be more or less than that. Just wondering how and why it varies.

    But I will also throw the question out there: is 6 months a long enough safety net? Too long, too short? I know during the height of the recession, congress temporarily extended maximums to as much as 73 months. That ended in 2013 though, I believe.