State jobless benefits claimed after July 3 will increase as the result of a higher annual average state wage in 2009, according to the state Employment Security Department.
Although the higher annual average wage rose by the smallest amount since 2004, it still increased 1.9 percent to $47,153, or $906 per week.
Jobless benefits will grow as a result.
The minimum weekly unemployment check will rise $2 to $135, while the maximum weekly benefit will increase $10 to $570. Jobless claims opened before July 4 will not see a change in benefits. About 24 percent of current jobless claims receive the maximum benefit amount, and 6 percent receive the minimum amount.
Unemployment taxes also are affected by the higher annual average wage. Starting in 2011, employers will pay unemployment taxes on the first $37,300 paid to each employee, up from $36,800 in 2010.