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February 2018

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending February 17, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 222,000
  • 4 week moving average: 226,000
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.3%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,875,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,941,250
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 213,328
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.6%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,261,742

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Idaho UI Law Changes, Tax Rates Reduced For Many Employers

House Bill 355 was signed into law on January 1, 2018 by Governor Butch Otter, reducing the UI tax rates by 30 percent over a three year period.

HB 355 retroactively decreases UI tax rates for 2018 from the initial calculation sent to employers earlier this year to provide immediate tax relief. This legislation decreases the fund-size multiplier, a factor used in calculating unemployment tax rates for a year, to 1.3 from 1.5.

For 2018, revised tax rates for positive-rated experienced employers range from 0.269% to 0.895%, compared with the original range of 0.393% to 1.309%. The revised tax rates for negative-rated experienced employers range from 1.611% to 5.400%, compared with the original range of 2.355% to 5.400%.

The revised 2018 tax rate for new employers is 1.000%, compared with the original rate of 1.374%.

Employers that paid unemployment taxes for the first quarter of 2018 before the measure took effect are to apply overpaid amounts as a credit to a future quarter, the Idaho Department of Labor said on its website.

As always, if there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Alaska: Elimination of Minimum Wage Exemption

Alaska’s Department of Labor & Workforce Development has announced the elimination of subminimum wages for employees with disabilities. Paying the disabled under minimum wage has been permitted in the state of Alaska since 1978, but as of last Friday, it is no longer allowed. The state follows New Hampshire and Maryland’s lead in eliminating this minimum wage exemption. The belief that lower wages help those with disabilities gain employment no longer holds true with the past two decades showing success in their jobs with higher pay. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development exclaims this portion of the workforce “deserves minimum wage as much as any other Alaskan worker.”

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending February 10, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 230,000
  • 4 week moving average: 228,500
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,942,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,941,250
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 240,636
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.6%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,317,271

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Pennsylvania: Voluntary Resignation From Staffing Companies

A recent case in the state of Pennsylvania is a reminder that temp workers must maintain contact with their staffing agencies for new assignments as soon as their current ones come to an end. Each state has its own rules, but several require that an employee working for a staffing agency must notify that company within one or two days upon completing an assignment, to inform them they are ready for the next one. States are required to inform employees of this policy upon being hired. In this recent case, the employee failed to mention his availability for more work when his assignment was over. When told he no longer employed by the staffing company, he stated he forgot about the policy, claiming the agency did not remind him. The court came to the conclusion the claimant voluntarily terminated his employment with the agency, failing to provide a “necessitous and compelling” reason for termination. Despite the claimant stating he did not voluntarily quit, his lack of responsibility of following the policy was ruled as a voluntary resignation, costing him his unemployment insurance benefits.

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending February 3, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 221,000
  • 4 week moving average: 224,500
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,953,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,923,000
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 240,636
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.6%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,305,941

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending January 27, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 230,000
  • 4 week moving average: 234,500
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,953,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,932,750
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 267,674
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.7%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,373,175

The full news release report can be downloaded here.