Monthly Archives

January 2018

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending January 20, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 233,000
  • 4 week moving average: 240,000
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,937,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,921,000
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 262,301
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.6%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,283,895

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending January 13, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 222,000
  • 4 week moving average: 244,500
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,952,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,921,000
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 360,020
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.7%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,400,581

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Texas: Hurricane Harvey Benefits To End In February

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has issued a reminder that Hurricane Harvey Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) will be ending next month. The week ending February 24, 2018 is the last payable week for those that have been receiving benefits.

The TWC encourages those seeking work to utilize the various resources in their state by visiting the Workforce Solutions offices, or the Work in Texas site, in addition to the following website: www.211.org.

Those not living in the state of Texas can find local workforce services by using America’s Service Locator.

Click here for more information on unemployment benefits in the state of Texas.

Drug Testing: Proposed Rule To Be Released In June

The previous administration’s rule limiting states’ power to drug test applicants for unemployment benefits, has been repealed through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The rule (a byproduct of the 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act), only allowed drug testing in occupations that already had the requirement in place (such as airplane pilots, public transit drivers, and jobs requiring one to carry a firearm). The White House and the Department of Labor are taking steps to broaden this rule, opening up drug testing requirements to more applicants of unemployment benefits.

Supporters of changes to the rule, like The Strategic Services on Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation, believe broadening the law is necessary as a means of insurance rather than public assistance. The National Employment Law Project, on the other hand, is a group that has expressed the expansion of drug testing will be too costly, as well as unconstitutional, promoting negative stereotyping of U.S. workers.

The Labor Department is working diligently on a new proposal that will be posted on the Federal Register for feedback from the public this summer. The expectation is that it is to be quite different from its predecessor.

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending December 30, 2017 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 250,000
  • 4 week moving average: 241,750
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,914,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,922,500
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 351,920
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.5%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,077,014

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Missouri: Tax Rate And Minimum Wage Changes

Effective today, the minimum wage in the state of Missouri will be raised to $7.85. This hourly rate is required as the minimum payment to employers, with the exception of retail and service businesses with annual gross sales under $500,000. A summary for posting can be found here.

The taxable wage base has been lowered from $13,000 to $12,500.

Quarterly Contribution Wage Reports are due January 31st. Use Uinteract to file.