Monthly Archives

September 2018

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for the W/E September 22, 2018

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending September 22, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 214,000
  • 4 week moving average: 206,250
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,661,000
  • 4‐week moving average: 1,679,250
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 176,687
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.0%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,408,604

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Florida: Rebuild Florida

The Florida Unemployment Insurance agency has been working directly with the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) on a program called Rebuild Florida. This government program was created to assist low-income families with rebuilding their homes as well as owners of houses and rental properties that suffered destruction from Hurricane Irma last year. It has been a full twelve months of hard work that has resulted in this week’s launch of this $1.4 billion disaster recovery program.

The first of the Rebuild Florida locations is now open at 2796 Overseas Highway in Marathon. Case managers will be onsite Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to assist with registration. More mobile centers are also opening around the counties that were affected most severely by this storm.

Interested applicants for the Rebuild Florida Housing Repair and Replacement Program have until December 23rd to register.

For more information on eligibility requirements, please visit www.RebuildFlorida.gov

Questions can be answered by visiting a center, or by calling 844-833-1010

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending September 15, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 201,000
  • 4 week moving average: 205,750
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,645,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,691,500
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 168,801
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.0%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,460,796

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Hurricane Florence Disaster Assistance

The latest updates on the recovery efforts in response to the recent Hurricane Florence, which began its destructive path along the Carolinas on September 7th, can be found here on the Department of Labor government website.

Additional updates below.

North Carolina:

Federal disaster assistance is now available to those affected by Hurricane Florence in the following North Carolina counties: Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender.

It is important to note that benefits paid to a claimant for unemployment due directly to a major natural disaster (declared by the U.S. President) are not chargeable to the base period employer’s account if the claimant would have been eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance had they not received unemployment insurance benefits (N.C. ¶4046B).

South Carolina:

Governor Henry McMaster’s request for the President to declare a disaster declaration for South Carolina has been granted. Federal assistance includes the following counties: Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Orangeburg and Williamsburg.

In the case of South Carolina, benefits paid as a result of a declared natural disaster shall not be charged to former employer (S.C., Sec 41-35-130).

 

The Department of Labor is working tirelessly with multiple departments to assist those affected by this recent storm. For example, the Employment and Training Administration are issuing Disaster Dislocated Worker Grants as well as Disaster Unemployment Assistance funds. Compliance guidance for employee benefit plans as well as plan participants and beneficiaries are being prepared by the Employee Benefits Security Administration. Federal contractor requirements are being temporarily suspended by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. This will allow folks to focus on recovery efforts. The impact of the storm on mines in the area is being assessed and properly attended to with specific equipment and extra workers through the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service is at the ready with the National Guard and Reserves, and the National Disaster Medical System and Urban Search and Rescue service to aid in recovery efforts. Employees and employers affected by these storms will have priority with assistance with calls to the Wage and Hour Division. A special enforcement advisory that will temporarily lighten requirements has been issued by the Office of Labor-Management Standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has also been in constant communication with all of the federal agencies to respond where needed.

Iowa Unemployment Tax Rates Hold Steady for 2019

Sources from the Iowa Workforce Development Department indicate that unemployment tax rates for 2019 will remain unchanged.

Effective for 2019, unchanged from 2018, total tax rates for experience-rated employers will range from 0.00% to 7.50%.

Additionally, the total tax rate for new non-construction employers is to be 1.00% and the total tax rate for new construction employers is to be 7.50%.

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

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending September 8, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 204,000
  • 4 week moving average: 208,000
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,969,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,711,250
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 161,892
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.1%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,492,538

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for the W/E September 1, 2018

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending September 1, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 213,000
  • 4 week moving average: 209,500
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,707,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,718,500
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 172,355
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.1%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,596,434

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for the W/E August 25, 2018

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending August 25, 2018 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 213,000
  • 4 week moving average: 212,250
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,727,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,731,250
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 175,421
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.1%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,694,100

The full news release report can be downloaded here.